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  Fossella Could Face Jail Time
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Last EditedKarma Policeman  May 03, 2008 03:34pm
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News DateFriday, May 2, 2008 08:25:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIf United States Representative Vito J. Fossella Jr. is convicted on charges of driving while intoxicated, he would face a mandatory five days in jail, according to law enforcement officials in the Washington suburb where the congressman was arrested on Thursday.

According to court documents in Alexandria, Va., Mr. Fossella, the only Republican member of Congress from New York City, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.17.

S. Randolph Sengel, the commonwealth attorney for Alexandria, said that a blood-alcohol level higher than 0.15 would require a mandatory jail time of five days. A level higher than 0.2 would require a mandatory jail sentence of 10 days.

Mr. Sengel declined to comment on any specifics of the case against Mr. Fossella. “I’m not going to comment on the outcome of a case before it comes to court,” he said, but he added that “as a general rule, my orders are not to plea bargain them and you don’t offer lesser charges in these cases.”
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