Park City Realtor has multiple DUIs
September 29, 2009
On Monday, a 3rd District Court judge sentenced a real-estate agent in Park City to serve 120 days in jail for his fifth conviction in 10 years related to driving under the influence of alcohol.
In August, Stephen Douglas Middleton, 58, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which is a third-degree felony.
Along with serving about four months in the Summit County jail, Middleton was also required to pay a $1,500 fine and perform 100 hours of community service. Judge Bruce Lubeck ordered Middleton to report to the jail Oct. 5.
"[Middleton] has been engaged in counseling, treatment [and Alcoholics Anonymous] sessions that equal or exceed 400 hours since the early part of March," defense attorney Brent Gold said.
A Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested Middleton several months ago after a witness observed him attempting to remove his vehicle from a snow bank he drove into at Promontory, Summit County prosecutor Joy Natale said.
Middleton’s blood-alcohol content was above the legal limit and he was unable to successfully perform any field sobriety tests, Natale explained in court.
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"When the first [test] was attempted, Mr. Middleton literally fell over and the trooper had to reach out so he wouldn’t hit the ground," Natale said. "I think a significant period of jail time is warranted in this case."
Middleton had other drunken driving-related convictions in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2008, she said.
Middleton has not gotten "the message," Natale said.
Middleton had several friends from the Park City area who attended Monday’s sentence hearing.
"[Middleton] is a well-known figure in the Park City community," Gold said. "He has a substantial group of friends and associates He will have a substantial group of people whose eyes will be on him."
Middleton, a Realtor at InterNet Properties Inc., was ordered to serve 36 months of supervised probation.