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December 12, 2013

Prosecutor wonders how many of man's 5 DUIs should count as "first offenses"

ALTOONA — A Blair County prosecutor must decide how many of a man’s five drunken-driving arrests in the past 14 months count as “first” offenses.

The Altoona Mirror reports Blair County Assistant District Attorney Julia Wilt was prepared to treat all three of Mark Huggins’ arrests since Oct. 20 as “first” offenses because arrests occurring while a motorist waits for a disposition on the first case are still “first” offenses, legally. Huggins, a 47-year-old Duncansville man, was also arrested Nov. 2 and Nov. 14 in Blair County.

But the prosecutor has said Huggins was convicted of an Oct. 13, 2012 offense in Somerset County and another in Cambria County on Sept. 24.

Numbering the cases is important because Huggins faces 30 days in jail for any “second” offenses and up to a year on any deemed “third” offenses.

 

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