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Hershey pleads guilty to DUI

February 18, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- Washington County Treasurer Todd Hershey pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving or attempting to drive while under the influence following a traffic stop on Sharpsburg Pike in December, according to court records.

Judge Frederick J. Bower granted Hershey, Washington County's elected treasurer, probation before judgment, and placed him on two years unsupervised probation.

When a judge grants probation before judgment, it keeps the person from having a conviction on his record. If probation is violated, the probation may be ended, and the person then would have a conviction on his record.

Bower, sitting in Washington County District Court, ordered Hershey to pay $207.50, including a $150 fine and court costs, according to Washington County District Court records.

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Under the probation instructions, Hershey must abstain from alcohol, had to successfully complete a local health department alcohol treatment program and attend victim impact panel meetings when notified, according to court records.

Additional charges of driving a vehicle on a highway at speed exceeding limit and driving, attempting to drive vehicle while impaired by alcohol were dropped, according to court records.

The charges stemmed from a Dec. 2, 2008, traffic stop by Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class M.S. Hegedus, who spotted Hershey driving his car north near Spielman Road at 70 mph in a 50-mph zone, according to court records.

After Hershey pulled over his 2004 Toyota Corolla, he showed his driver's license and told the trooper he was sorry, according to court records.

Hegedus detected an odor of alcohol on Hershey's breath, so he asked Hershey to get out of his car and submit to a field sobriety test, which he Hershey failed, according to court records.

Hegedus asked Hershey if he had been drinking, and Hershey said he'd had a couple of glasses of scotch about one hour before the traffic stop, according to court records.

After the incident, Hershey told The Herald-Mail he believed he had an illness and he was addressing it.

Hershey first ran for Washington County treasurer in 1986. The Democrat was elected that year and has completed five terms in the nonpartisan office. He was re-elected in 2006, running unopposed.

Hershey's salary previously was listed as $60,000.

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