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Persistent DWI
offender given
four years in jail

Jamie R. Padilla, 36, Kansas City, was sentenced to four years in prison last week for the class D felony of driving while intoxicated.

The maximum sentence for a class D felony is five years. Padilla was found guilty by a Platte County jury on Oct. 1, after a one day trial.

On May 27, 2000, Padilla was traveling southbound on Prairie View Road near 64th Street, in Platte County. Padilla was weaving across the marked lanes of traffic and stopped by a Kansas City police officer. The officer noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Padilla's breath, his eyes were watery and bloodshot, his speech was slurred, and he had difficulty balancing. Padilla refused to perform field sobriety tests. Padilla was arrested and asked to provide a breath sample, which he also refused.

Based on earlier papers filed by Glick's office, Padilla was found to be a persistent driving-while-intoxicated offender under Missouri law. Therefore, Padilla was charged and convicted of felony driving while intoxicated. Padilla had been found guilty of two prior alcohol-related traffic offenses in Kansas City.