Updated 04/23/2010 07:43 PM
Sweeney sentenced to 30 days in jail for DWI
Former congressman John Sweeney as sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor DWI charge earlier this year. He was initially facing a felony charge, since it was his second DWI arrest in 18 months, but a plea bargain downgraded it to a misdemeanor. Our Erin Connolly joined us from the Saratoga County Courthouse with the latest.
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BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. -- Former Congressman John Sweeney was sentenced Friday for a DWI charge.
While he voluntarily reported to the Saratoga County Jail earlier this month to begin serving his time early, Sweeney was sentenced Friday to 30 days in jail and he must complete 300 hours of community service. He must also pay more than $2,000 in fines and fees.
Sweeney was pulled over for speeding on Route 9 in Clifton Park last April. State Police said he refused field sobriety tests and was charged with his second DWI count since November 2007. He pleaded guilty in February to drunk driving.
Sweeney's license has been revoked for a year and he'll be required to wear an alcohol detecting bracelet.