“According to court records, James, 24, is serving probation in a 2009 driving-under-the-influence case. Online records do not indicate the nature of the violation.”
In short, Rizzo didn’t bother to check why Kyle’s doing slam time.
Instead, he goes on and on rehashing every detail of the mayor’s son’s misdeeds, leaving to reader’s imagination what James actually did.
So I’m gonna tell ya.
James is doing the jailhouse pokey for 1) “failure to submit to a urinalysis as directed” and 2) “consumption of alcohol.”
James was granted a diversion on a 2009 DUI case in which he agreed to not consume alcohol for a prescribed period and to submit to testing by the county to ensure compliance.
A Department of Corrections staffer declined to confirm or deny that James is doing his time in Gardner, although sources say that’s his likely home-away-from-home for the next month.
According to the Department of Corrections website, “The target population for this program is fourth time or greater DUI offenders.”
No word on the number of incidents Joco has James down for.
As for the work release terms, “They’ll normally let you out an hour or so before you’re supposed to be at work and then they want you back in an hour after you get off work,” says a source close to the situation. “And they’ve been known to check and see if you’re at work. I mean, Johnson County is Orwellian. Johnson County is responsible for approximately one out of three inmates in the Kansas Department of Corrections.”
Then there’s the matter of James turning himself in sans lawyer.
“He may just have gotten tired of the whole thing and said, ‘Screw it. I’ll take my 30 days and just get this case over with. if he did a deal where he got 30 days of work release and the case is over, that may have been a good deal. Because you get six months jail time on a first time DUI. But if he has to do 30 days and he’s still on probation, I don’t know if that’s such a good deal, because he’s probably going to screw it up again.”
The reason being that Johnson County is notorious for testing.
“Johnson County is really bad about testing because they have the facility to test right there in the courthouse in Olathe,” the source says. “I mean, they have all the resources in the world to drug test you, so they don’t have to send you somewhere. If Kyle had gotten his ticket in a city court there wouldn’t have been as much supervision, but there’s a ton of supervision in Johnson County. Johnson County is the last place you want to get caught. Like when you go to court in Johnson County you pretty know you’re going to be drug tested every time.”
No word on what the mayor’s son’s job is.