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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Officials with DUI charges work to get ARD status

Staff Writer

WEST CHESTER – City Manager Harry Walker and Assistant City Manager Kirby Hudson – both who police arrested for allegedly driving drunk earlier this year – are in the process of obtaining rehabilitative status.

Walker and Hudson both applied for the county’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program, which is operated out of the District Attorney’s office and is intended to help eliminate court costs by defendants seeking help instead.

If the two are accepted into the program they can avoid jail time and have their records cleared. If they do not get into ARD, they could face 48-hours in jail and lose their licenses for a year.

Police arrested Walker for allegedly driving drunk on Feb. 1 on the Route 30 Bypass. The District Attorney’s office approved his ARD application May 31. He is slated to appear in court July 3 where a judge will officially accept or reject his application, according to the District Attorney’s office.

If accepted, Walker – who had a .13 blood alcohol content – will be on probation for six months, lose his license for a month and be ordered to complete 100 hours of community service, according to the District Attorney’s office.

Walker’s community service hours were doubled, compared to the norm, because he was arrested for DUI in 1989 and was recently cited for failing to report an accident to police, according to the District Attorney’s office.

Hudson’s ARD application is still pending. Police arrested Hudson for allegedly driving drunk Feb. 17 on Route 202.

In February, some City Council members criticized the behavior of Walker and Hudson.

“There’s no excuse. There’s no apology that’s going to cover this. It’s just unacceptable behavior,” City Councilman Martin Eggleston said in February.

At the time, Eggleston and City Councilman Ed Simpson said policy changes should be considered in light of the arrests. However, council has yet to publicly propose any related changes.


Anonymous said...

Say no to ARD for Harry Walker. This is his second DUI. He doesn't seem to learn. Kirby Hudson is another story. This was his first offence and he seemed to really be sorry for what he did. Give him another chance.

June 20, 2007 1:35 PM  
CVillFuture said...

Walker said “I want to apologize to everyone in this room for an error in judgment”. No admission of his alcohol problem, no apology to the citizens of Coatesville or to the Commonwealth. He tried but failed to convince the police that he was a resident of Kentucky. I think he believes he owes an apology to the people in the room who included Legree, Campos and Lehr for being caught and not for driving drunk.

June 21, 2007 12:15 PM  

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