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Mesa Man Arrested for Aggravated DUI with Children in the Car

On Tuesday February 28th, Christopher Hennessey of Mesa was arrested for suspicion of aggravated DUI at a Carl’s Jr. restaurant. According to the report, Hennessey’s children, ages 3 and 5 years old, were in the car at the time.

Hennessey’s blood-alcohol content was reported to be .239. This is nearly three times the legal limit in Arizona. If Hennessey was alone in the car at the time of his arrest, he would have been arrested for super extreme DUI, which is a misdemeanor. However, in Arizona, you will be charged with felony aggravated DUI if you commit a DUI, extreme DUI, or super extreme DUI while driving with a person under 15 years old in the vehicle.

This type of aggravated DUI is a class 6 felony. Class 6 felonies are punishable by 4 months to 2 years in jail and fines up to $150,000. Hennessey may have the option to serve his jail time under house arrest.

Hennessey was also charged with 2 counts of endangering the life and health of a minor and will face separate penalties for those charges if convicted. 

If you have been arrested for DUI, contact an attorney for DUI at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your DUI case.

Photo credit: Lars Plougmann from Flickr