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COLUMBUS — A 33-year-old Columbus man on probation for a previous drunken driving conviction is accused of driving his pickup to a probation meeting Monday evening while under the influence of alcohol.

Travis Hammons was arrested for fourth-offense DUI after showing up shortly before 8 p.m. Monday at District 5 Probation, meeting with a probation officer and arousing suspicion that he had consumed alcohol then driven to the meeting.

Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa set Hammons’ bond at $25,000, 10 percent allowed for release, and scheduled the defendant for a Dec. 20 felony first appearance hearing.

Hammons served a year of probation for a prior DUI in June 2016, but his probation sentence was extended for three months during an October hearing to give him more time to complete a moral recognition therapy class.

On Monday evening, according to a sheriff’s office investigation, Hammons consented to a preliminary breath test that showed a blood alcohol reading of 0.119, above the legal limit for driving of 0.08.

After a waiting period, a second breath test resulted in a reading of 0.105, according to Deputy Christopher Spale’s arrest report.

Spale reported Hammons admitted driving his 1999 Mazda pickup to the probation meeting from his house. A check of Hammons’ driving record revealed three prior DUI convictions since 2009, the deputy reported.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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