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Habitual probation violator sent to drug court to try treatment
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Mar 14, 2013 | 1307 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Haddock man with an extensive arrest record recently took the option of attending drug court instead of having his probation revoked to prison.

Anthony Drew Ellington, 59, was arrested Jan. 18 and charged with being a habitual violator. He is serving five years probation after pleading guilty Feb. 9, 2012, to charges of entering a vehicle, driving unsafe or improperly equipped vehicle, and driving while license suspended or revoked. The end date of his probation is Dec. 3, 2016.

Ellington’s most recent arrest was his fourth for driving with a suspended license. He was in Jones County Superior Court Feb. 14 to face the consequences for his probation violations in front of Chief Judge William Prior.

In addition to driving with a suspended license, the violations included possession of cocaine and not paying his fines and fees.

Assistant District Attorney Gregory Bushway told the court that Ellington stipulated to his violations but did not agree with the state’s recommendations for modification of his probation.

The state’s recommendation was drug treatment at a state residential substance abuse treatment facility.

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