Hawes gets 1 to 3 years for double DWI

Jimi Hawes

GUILDERLAND — Jimi Hawes was sentenced to state prison before Judge Peter A. Lynch in Albany County Court on Wednesday.

Hawes, 38, of 29 Wilan Lane, Albany, was arrested on Oct. 17, 2013, at 15 Gipp Road, for driving while intoxicated, with a prior conviction, a felony, and leaving the scene of a property-damage accident, an infraction.

According to the Guilderland Police report from 2013, officers had received a call that Hawes’s vehicle had run over a lawn and bushes, and Hawes had driven away from the scene.

His license plate had fallen off of his vehicle, and Hawes was located at his home, where he failed a field sobriety test and registered a blood-alcohol content of .13 on a pre-screen device and a chemical test.

Hawes was arraigned in Albany County Court on April 8, 2014, and pleaded not guilty, according to a release from the Albany County District Attorney’s office.

The people requested bail, but the court released Hawes under the supervision of probation.

The same night that he was released, Guilderland Police observed Hawes driving while intoxicated at 1810 Western Ave.

On June 24, Hawes pleaded guilty to two counts of driving while intoxicated, both felonies.

He was sentenced to two concurrent terms of one to three years in the state prison on Wednesday, Aug. 20, said the release from the district attorney’s office.

Assistant District Attorney Melinda Seiden of the Vehicular Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

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