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December 27, 2013
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Drunken driver gets 150 days in jail

A drunken driver who crashed through a fire hydrant and into a Nevada City residence the night before Thanksgiving took a plea agreement in Nevada County Superior Court Thursday in return for 150 days in county jail.

Joseph Terrence Marquez, 61, of North San Juan, had taken his girlfriend’s vehicle without permission while drunk, according to Nevada County Deputy District Attorney Jim Phillips. He ran over the fire hydrant and a children’s play set before hitting the house near the top of Broad Street, Phillips said.

Phillips noted that Marquez had a blood alcohol content of .32 percent, four times the legal limit, and that he had a prior DUI offense on his record. He asked Judge Tom Anderson to sentence Marquez to more than three years of supervised probation.

Marquez pleaded no contest to misdemeanor vehicle theft and driving under the influence as a second offense and was sentenced to 90 days in jail with an additional 60 days for a violation of probation. He also was sentenced to five years probation with no-alcohol terms and must complete a treatment program.

Phillips said the plea agreement was a fair resolution, given the significant jail time for the aggravating circumstances of the second offense and the level of intoxication.

He is set to return to court Jan. 23 to discuss restitution.

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