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O.C. Sheriff's deputy convicted of DUI

July 1, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A deputy with the Orange County Sheriff's Department was sentenced to three years' probation Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges related to driving under the influence of alcohol.Mark Wayne Hewlett, 30, of Orange, pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors in exchange for the probationary offer by an Orange County Superior Court Commissioner.

He was ordered to attend a three-month alcohol program, pay DUI-related fines of more than $1,000, and attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving victim panel. He also may have the third count (possession of a controlled substance without a prescription) dismissed if he successfully completes a court drug program for first-time offenders.

Police say on Dec. 13, 2009, Hewlett drove home from a friend's house while intoxicated. At approximately 1:45 a.m., he lost control of his vehicle in Villa Park, drove up over the curb and across the grass and crashed into a planter in the front yard of a home. The residence is the home of Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell.

Prosecutors say Hewlett was sentenced to the mandatory-minimum term for the driving-under-the-influence conviction.


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