On Wednesday, Santa Barbara City Council candidate John Thyne admitted to having violated the terms of his probation for a 2007 driving under the influence conviction.
Under the terms of the agreement reached between Thyne's attorney, Adam Pearlman, and the district attorney's office, Thyne will do a home curfew program, at night for up to 60 days, and there is a possibility it could be for as few as 40 days.
A charge of driving with a detectable amount of alcohol in his blood was dismissed as part of the agreement.
Thyne had been stopped by Santa Barbara Police while driving on May 15 of this year. Thyne who admitted to having two drinks within an hour of getting behind the wheel, passed field sobriety tests and was not arrested. But he was charged with violating the terms of his probation which was resolved on Wednesday.
The home curfew condition should not affect his ability to campaign as it was agreed the confinement would not begin any earlier than mid-November, which would be after the November 3rd election.
And, should he get elected, his home curfew should be over and done with by the time he takes office. Otherwise, he might have been using a webcam and "Go To Meeting" software to make it to council meetings.
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