Man gets 18 months for driving over tent

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A 31-year-old Texas man was sentenced Friday to jail time for running over part of a tent that his girlfriend and his brother were sleeping in, and he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for violating his bail bond conditions a week after the incident.

David Nelson Tucker of San Antonio, Texas, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and two counts of reckless endangerment, and also to violation of bail bond and driving under the influence of alcohol Nov. 30.

"I am struck by this mess that you've made of your life," 14th Judicial District Judge Michael O'Hara said.

Tucker was sentenced to 123 days in jail, with credit for time served, for the assault and endangerment charges related to the mid-September tent incident. The bail-bond violation and driving under the influence charges came a week later, after he had bonded out of jail for the tent incident.

Tucker also will have to pay $412 in restitution for relocation costs to his girlfriend.

Public defender Gail Morrison said Tucker should have to serve only one year in the Department of Corrections for the bail violation charge, and she recommended three months of time in the Routt County Jail for the assault charge.

Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James recommended that Tucker serve 18 months in the Department of Corrections for the bail bond violation, as well as 24 months in the Routt County Jail for the third-degree assault charge because of the "extraordinary risk" the incident posed, as well as Tucker's "atrocious" criminal history.

Tucker was arrested Sept. 22 after he reportedly tried to repeatedly run over part of the tent that his girlfriend and his brother were inside.

He bonded out of jail on a $2,000 bond the next day, but then was arrested a week later for driving under the influence of alcohol, having no proof of insurance and violating his bail bond condition.

A new case, in which Tucker has been charged with being a fugitive of justice from Georgia, was filed Tuesday. On Friday, that case was continued until Feb. 15.

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