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Drunk driver receives shorter prison sentence for treatment

PORTLAND – A judge has sentenced a nine-time DUI offender to one to two years in jail, intensive treatment and probation.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that Multnomah County Circuit Judge David Rees gave 42-year-old Steven Jones his sentence Thursday saying a shorter jail sentence would allow him to participate in a treatment program. Officials say Jones could be released in less than a year to an inpatient treatment bed.

Prosecutor Mike Botthof urged the judge to put Jones in prison for seven years because he said Jones is a threat to the community. Botthof said Jones has already sent to alcohol treatment eight times and failed to commit.

Jones was arrested June 16 after he crashed into two parked cars. Police say his blood test that they got four hours after the incident showed Jones’ blood alcohol was .26 percent.