by Sheila Gardner

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November 6, 2012
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Probation reinstated for Johnson Lane man

Probation was reinstated Tuesday for a 68-year-old Johnson Lane man who admitted drinking alcohol in violation of his sentence for attempted assault with a deadly weapon.

William Calebaugh had an alcohol content of .210 - nearly three times the legal limit - when he was arrested Sept. 24 after a witness reported a drunk driver leaving the Johnson Lane General Store.

Calebaugh was sentenced in February 2011 to 12-32 months in prison, suspended, and ordered to surrender his $100,000 gun collection for going on a two-day alcohol binge and shooting up his house in September 2010.

At the time, his blood-alcohol content was .256, more than three times the legal limit of .08.

He told District Judge Dave Gamble on Tuesday he had been sober, but his Sept. 24 arrest followed two days of drinking.

"I feel very grateful at this point that I am alive," Calebaugh said. "People have been very good to me. Aside from that, I am pretty ashamed to say the least. My wife is disabled. She relies on me a great deal to take care of her."

Prosecutor Erik Levin pointed out that Calebaugh made similar statements two years ago when he was sentenced on the original offense.

"He said the experience was 'humbling,' that he really realizes that he has an alcohol problem. He's been going to counseling, but it doesn't seem to be working. He's drinking at high levels, driving, and putting the community at risk," Levin said.

Gamble asked Calebaugh if alcohol or his wife was more important.

"I should send you to prison today. This started with you getting drunk and shooting holes in the floor. In both instances, there could be dead people lying around, some of whom you love," Gamble said.

"You need again to decide today that was the last time you drank. You could lose your wife, she could lose you because you will be in prison," Gamble said.

Gamble ordered Calebaugh to wear a transdermal alcohol device indefinitely that costs him $17 a day. It monitors whether he has been drinking.

"That (expense) is sort of a good punishment," Gamble said.

Calebaugh's attorney, Kris Brown, said her client had increased outpatient treatment, attended daily Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and had obtained a sponsor.

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