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Harvard man ordered to prison for repeat DUI with child in car

Bowling gets 26 months for violating probation

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 3:19 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11:54 p.m. CDT
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Jason A. Bowling, 33, of Harvard, was given 26 months in prison, despite his defense attorney's argument that in-patient substance abuse treatment was the best option.

WOODSTOCK – When resentencing a Harvard man to prison time, a McHenry County judge said he previously gave the defendant every possible lifeline to stay sober.

Jason A. Bowling, 33, of Harvard, was given 26 months in prison, despite his defense attorney's argument that in-patient substance abuse treatment was the best option.

Bowling previously was sentenced to 180 days in McHenry County Jail and intensive probation on an aggravated DUI charge. In that instance, he was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.228 and was driving a motorcycle with his child on the back, prosecutors said.

While out on bond on the McHenry County charge, Bowling was charged in Walworth County, Wisconsin, with another DUI – again with his child in the car.

Since being sentenced, Bowling told probation officers that he used drugs and tested positive for alcohol.

Assistant State's Attorney David Metnick asked that the judge resentence Bowling to the maximum, or three years in prison, as he had argued at Bowling's earlier sentencing.

"This defendant has been given every opportunity, he's been given more opportunities than most in this courthouse," Metnick said.

Special Public Defender Justin Hansen presented witnesses who testified that Bowling has a substance abuse addiction.

"This is not about how many breaks a person has gotten prior to today, it's about what makes the most sense," Hansen said. "What makes the most sense in this case is in-patient treatment."

Judge Gordon Graham noted that Bowling previously said that he found sobriety, and that "I thought I did what was going to assist in that."

"Mr. Bowling just blew himself up," the judge said.

Bowling will receive credit for 180 days in jail, since he was remanded to custody on June 12.

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