Local attorney gets suspended sentence, house arrest for reckless driving | News
Associate Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo has sentenced attorney David George Banes to six months’ imprisonment, which has been suspended to five days with credit for 12 hours already served.
The judge placed Banes under house arrest for four days and 12 hours from April 27 to May 1.
Banes, who pleaded guilty of reckless driving Thursday, was also fined $ 1,000 and $ 145 for probation and legal costs.
In addition, Judge Govendo suspended Banes’ driver’s license for 30 days from April 22, but allowed him to drive to work or for medical purposes.
After house arrest, Banes is put on a nine-month trial during which he is banned from possessing or consuming alcohol.
Judge Govendo noted that Banes has already completed an alcohol information course.
When changing the hearing, Banes was represented by Attorney Richard Miller, while Assistant Attorney General Steven Kessler appeared for the government.
On June 1, 2020, the AG Banes office accused of driving and leaving the scene of the accident under the influence of reckless driving.
According to court records, on March 9, 2020, Banes “actually drove, operated, or controlled a vehicle while having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.8% or more, or while under the influence or the combined influence of alcohol and drugs, or drugs to an extent that would cause the Renders person unable to drive safely. “
Banes “drove a vehicle on a motorway in willful or willful disregard for the safety of people or property, by not following traffic control devices, by not properly looking out, or by failing to keep their lane or a combination of violations.” Court documents specified.
It added that Banes “was involved in an accident while operating his vehicle that resulted in injury to a person or personal property and was unable to stop at the scene”.
According to prosecutors, Banes came across a parked vehicle and left the scene.