Rockland grandfather gets 7 days in jail for driving drunk with children

Posted March 05, 2014, at 10:23 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 63-year-old Rockland man will spend seven days in jail after admitting to driving drunk with his two grandchildren in the vehicle.

Thomas P. Brezniak was sentenced Tuesday in Knox County Superior Court by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm for operating under the influence and endangering the welfare of a child. The sentence was for 90 days in jail with all but seven days suspended.

Brezniak had a prior OUI, which contributed to the length of the sentence.

The defense had argued that Brezniak drove his daughter and his grandchildren to remove them from a domestic dispute that was ongoing at a Rockland residence. Rockland police responded to that dispute and stopped the vehicle that Brezniak was driving.

Hjelm said he understood the motivation of Brezniak to get his family out of the potentially dangerous situation but said that the defendant expanded the scope of the bad situation by driving under the influence.

Brezniak was also placed on probation, fined $700 and given a three-year license suspension.

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