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April 4, 2014

Clarksville judge takes plea in drunken driving case

Mickey Weber pleads to criminal mischief, DUI charges

LOUISVILLE — After being arrested for alleged drunken driving that resulted in property damage in Louisville in January, Clarksville Town Court Judge Mickey Kevin Weber recently pleaded guilty to several charges in a Jefferson County court last week.

Weber’s attorney Patrick Renn was contacted Wednesday, hours after Weber’s scheduled court appearance in a district court. Renn said, however, that the pretrial conference had been advanced and was held late last week.

Weber, 32, North Taggart Avenue in Clarksville, was arrested Jan. 16 after the Louisville Metro Police Department was dispatched to an injury accident near Lexington Road and Hamilton Avenue about 12:45 a.m. The accident happened about a half mile from Headliners Music Hall, a bar and music venue located along Lexington Road, where Weber told police he “had ‘too many’ beers,” according to the police report.

According to the police report, Weber caused more than $1,000 of damage, after striking two parked cars and a fence.

He was taken to University of Louisville Hospital where he refused to sign an implied consent form and provide blood and urine samples to determine his alleged level of intoxication, LMPD officials reported.

According to the police report, Weber was “noncooperative” and was found with “glassy eyes and slurred speech.”

Weber was initially charged with a class D felony first-degree criminal mischief, driving a motor vehicle under the influence and failure of owner to maintain required insurance.

But, the charges were modified during last week’s court date.

“We did work out an agreement with the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s office,” Renn said. “The agreement called for Mr. Weber to enter a plea of guilty to driving under the influence — first offense and also enter a plea of guilty to criminal mischief — second degree [a class A misdemeanor].”

The charge of felonious criminal mischief was amended to a misdemeanor charge, but the first-degree driving under the influence charge was not modified.

“This was a standard offer from the prosecutor,” Renn said. “He certainly got no favorable treatment. In fact, I think, he got a more severe penalty [than] had he wanted to fight this case, but Judge Weber, from very early on, in fact, at the time of his arraignment, he was prepared to resolve the case with a plea of guilty.

“He was very much embarrassed by his actions and wanted to resolve the case.”

Renn said at the time of the conviction, a 30-day ban went into effect which does not allow Weber to drive a vehicle in the state of Kentucky. He said the laws are complex and nuanced regarding out-of-state drivers convicted of a DUI in Kentucky.

Renn said it is likely the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will take their own action against the status of Weber’s license.

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