Woman must do rehab program for latest DUI arrest

An Augusta woman repeatedly charged with driving under the influence with her children in the vehicle must complete an in-custody rehab program.

On Monday in Richmond County Superior Court, Judge Sheryl B. Jolly ordered Kenna M. Ware to 90 days in jail in addition to five years’ probation for her latest arrest on a charge of felony DUI, driving after being declared a habitual violator, and three counts of endangering a child by driving under the influence.

Ware, 30, has been in jail since her Feb. 20 arrest. At the time, she was on probation for driving after being declared a habitual traffic violator, said Assistant District Attorney Pete Lamb.

“Her record is atrocious,” Lamb told the judge in asking that Ware’s probation be revoked in full.

In October 2008, Ware was charged with DUI and three counts of endangering a child, and in November 2008 she was arrested again on charges of DUI and three counts of endangering a child.

She was arrested on March 28, 2010, on felony DUI charges, three counts of endangering a child, three counts of violation of the child-restraint law, driving on a suspended license and violation of the open container law. She was acquitted of all charges but the open-container violation. Lamb said a critical state witness, the arresting officer, was unavailable for trial.

Finally, on Aug. 23, Ware was arrested on charges of driving after being declared a habitual violator. Jolly sentenced her to five years’ probation last fall. Lamb asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence, 18 years, with five years in prison followed by 13 years on probation.

Defense attorney Khary Talley asked for leniency for Ware, whose family is willing to ensure that she gets the help. Jolly said the five-year probated sentence will run concurrently with her 2013 sentence. Ware will get credit for the time she has been in jail since her latest arrest in February.

Ware will remain in jail until a bed is available in the Department of Corrections’ rehab program. The wait is four to six months.

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