Repeat DWI offender pleads guilty to hit and run

NORWICH – A Pharsalia man pleaded guilty to his third drunk driving charge in two years Friday after he fled the scene of an accident while driving drunk on a revoked license.

First Assistant District Attorney Stephen Dunshee told the Chenango County court that 43-year-old Joseph Theut’s license was already under suspension for a previous driving while intoxicated charge when he was arrested by police for his most recent crime in December.



Theut pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI on Jan. 20, 2009 in Town of Columbus Court and Dunshee said that at the time of Theut’s arrest, his blood alcohol level was more than double New York’s .08 legal limit.

He was sentenced to 60 days in the Chenango County Correctional Facility and given three years probation.

While still on probation, Theut was arrested Feb. 9, 2009, in the Town of Norwich and charged with aggravated DWI, a felony, with police again claiming his blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit.


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