In February, I wrote about two separate incidents in which Jamie Critchlow, former Fox C-6 administrator and husband of disgraced former superintendent Dianne Critchlow, was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated (DWI) (shortly afterwards, the Leader wrote a similar article). Critchlow plead guilty to both offenses, and lenient punishment has recently been meted out.
In Iron County, Critchlow was sentenced on April 30 to two years probation with suspended imposition of sentence (that means that if he violates probation, he can be sentenced for the DWI). This was for an offense that occurred in July 2014.
Last night, Critchlow was sentenced for a January DWI incident in Arnold in which he was also charged with failure to keep proper lookout and leaving the scene of an accident. He was present at the courtroom, but did not appear in front of the judge during the court session, so he must have made his appearance at the court window. With another guilty plea, he was sentenced to…2 years probation (along with going through SATOP and VIP).
So if you put the two sentences together, it looks like Critchlow got two punishments for the price of one. Not a bad deal at all.
According to the Leader:
If a person has two or more previous DWI convictions, then a felony charge would have to be sought through the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, but since Critchlow has just one conviction, Arnold Police are allowed to seek charges through the Municipal Court, Jefferson County Prosecuting Forrest Wegge said.
So Critchlow was lucky that Iron County took so long to deal with his case (a total of 10 months, which I guess isn’t that long, though it took 4 months to charge him). I wonder if the fact that he had two convictions at the time of the Arnold court hearing means that they could have transferred it to the county, or if you have to have two DWIs at the time the charge was made.
I do not know the status of Critchlow’s drivers license, but in theory he should not have one. He refused breathalyzer tests during both incidents. This should have resulted in a one-year revocation of his license each time.The Arnold incident took place about 6 months after the Iron County one, so he should not have had a license at the time. This is from the Arnold police report:
Due to Critchlow not having his Missouri Driver’s License at the time of arrest, it was not seized, however he was issued a 15-Day Driver’s Permit, which he refused to sign.
I’m not sure if that means he did not possess a license, or if it was not on him at the time. If the former, he should have been ticketed for driving without a license.
Furthermore, Critchlow is still driving now. Here he is driving himself home from court in Arnold:
On top of the “chemical revocation” Critchlow should lose his license for the guilty pleas:
If you are convicted of a second alcohol- or drug-related traffic offense, regardless of the length of time between convictions, you will normally receive a 1-year revocation for accumulation of points. If you are convicted a second time for an alcohol- or drug-related offense within a five-year period, you may also receive a 5-year license denial.
Will this happen? I don’t know. Meanwhile, Arnold drivers and Arnold police should keep their eyes peeled.