Western Slope judge charged with DUI pleads guilty to lesser charge

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A Western Slope state judge who was charged with driving under the influence could avoid jail time after pleading guilty to a lesser charge.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports Mesa County District Judge Lance Timbreza pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving while ability impaired.

A visiting judge appointed by the state Supreme Court sentenced him to the minimum of two days in jail that will be suspended if he completes a year of unsupervised probation.

Timbreza must also complete 36 hours of public service and pay a $200 fine plus court costs.

The visiting judge, Jonathan Pototsky of Garfield County, noted Timbreza enrolled in alcohol treatment after the June 15 crash.

Investigators said Timbreza told them he had been drinking wine before he lost control of his SUV and crashed.

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