Man get 1 1/2 years on 4th alcohol charge


A Taneytown man was sentenced to 18 months in jail yesterday after he was found guilty of his fourth alcohol-related driving charge.

Charged as a subsequent offender, Christian J. Null, 36, of the 100 block of Grand Drive pleaded not guilty, but agreed to accept the prosecutor's version. He was sentenced to three years for driving while intoxicated, but Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. suspended half the term and allowed Null, a self-employed mason, to continue on work release.

Null has been held in lieu of $50,000 bail since his arrest, records show.

Prosecutors said state police saw Null driving erratically Dec. 20 on Route 140 in Westminster. Once stopped, he got out of his truck and tried to flee.

Burns fined Null $100 on a fleeing and eluding charge. He also ordered him to continue in medical and alcohol treatment during five years' probation.

Records show that Null also had alcohol-related convictions in 1984, 1985 and 1993.

Pub Date: 6/17/98

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