Jail sentence for Alpena commissioner on hold
Alpena County Commissioner Jeff Kowalski was in court Wednesday, (JULY 18) on a drunk driving charge and a probation violation.
He was on probation after being picked up for drunk driving in July of last year.
Kowalski violated his probation when in April he was picked up on a second drunk driving charge. In court Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to the probation violation and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. That sentence is being held by the court, however, pending an evaluation of Kowalski’s eligibility into an 18-month drug court program and successful completion of that program.
Special Prosecutor Tom Weichel also offered Kowalski a plea agreement to settle the most recent charges. The details of that agreement have not been disclosed and are being withheld pending successful completion of the same drug court program.
A status conference on both cases in scheduled for August. The results of the drug court evaluations will also be known at that time.
Kowalski was pulled over entering the Kmart parking lot in April, after a police officer noticed the vehicle’s registration was expired. That vehicle did not contain an ignition interlock device, as required per the terms of his probation.