Last week Wednesday, a deputy with the Orange County Sheriff's Department was sentenced with three years of probation. 30 year old Mark Wayne Hewlett was sentenced after he pled guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol charges.
In exchange for probation, Hewlett agreed to plead guilty to three misdemeanor counts in a deal offered by an Orange County Superior Court Commissioner. Aside from having to serve probation time, Hewlett will have to attend a three month alcohol program, pay over $1,000 in fines and attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) victim panel.
If he completes the programs, a tentative third charge of possession of a controlled substance may be dismissed by prosecutors.
On December 13, 2009, Hewlett was driving home from a friend's house while under the influence of alcohol. At 1:45 AM, he lost control of his car in Villa Park and winded up crashing into the front yard of Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell. Following the crash, he was arrested for DUI.