GOVERNMENT CENTER – Guadalupe Colburn, 61, Grantsburg was sentenced to 150 days in jail after she pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated (OWI) 4th offense, a class H felony. She was granted house arrest through the county electronic home monitoring system.
She was also ordered to pay $3,274 in fines, go through an Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) assessment and follow up on all recommendations, her driver’s license will be revoked for 27 months and an ignition interlock device has to be installed in any vehicle she will be driving over the next 27 months.
Colburn’s attorney, David Grindell explained to the Judge Melissia Mogen that she has gone through and completed the Intoxicated Driver Intervention Program (IDIP) and has remained employed at the same company for almost 20 years.
Mogen said she was unaware that Colburn had completed IDIP. She explained that the program works so people with the biggest problems are helped the most.
“The program is designed for people with a serious problem to benefit most from it,” Judge Mogen said.
“She sought out the program,” Grindell said. “In an effort to help resolve this problem and she completed it with no problems.”
Grindell said due to Colburn’s employment status and the county’s lack of Huber work release for the county jail, that she should serve her sentence on house arrest with an electronic home monitoring system.
“Now how that works, with the home monitoring, is a person is granted electric monitoring they pay for it themselves,” Mogen explained.
Mogen granted her electronic home monitoring, but said if the fees aren’t paid on time that it will be revoked and she will serve the remaining of her 150 days sentence in the county jail. Colburn was granted two days of jail credit towards her sentence.
Colburn had been convicted of OWI in 2001, 2005 and 2011.
“She is remorseful and embarrassed about this,” Grindell said. “I would be extremely surprised if you see Mrs. Colburn back in here again.”
Mogen said she takes all OWI cases very seriously, because the driver is not just a danger to themselves, but to everybody else on the road.
Colburn declined to make any statement during the sentencing, but when Mogen told her the electronic monitoring system would allow her to go out and seek treatment, she indicated she would be attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Other charges were operating while revoked, ignition interlock device tampering or failure to install, and operating with a prohibited blood alcohol content (PAC). These were dismissed, but read in by the court.
“Good luck Mrs. Colburn,” Mogen said. “Sobriety is difficult, but you are succeeding.”