DA Westberg enters guilty plea in DUI case

A little over a year after being arrested on suspicion of careless driving and driving under the influence of a controlled substance, District Attorney Craig Westberg entered a guilty plea in a La Plata County courtroom on Monday.

The plea, entered just moments before the matter was set for trial, revokes Westberg’s driver’s license and could ultimately result in jail time. In exchange for Westberg’s DUI guilty plea, the court dropped two charges — careless driving and failing to report an accident — and agreed to defer the DUI conviction. A deferred conviction means that the conviction will be wiped from the record after 18 months if Westberg stays out of trouble.

Westberg was arrested in his Durango home Oct. 10, 2007, under suspicion of driving under the influence and careless driving, after witnesses reported he struck two stationary objects. Westberg told authorities he had been feeling ill and had taken four Ambien sleeping pills before driving, thinking he could run an errand to town before the pills took effect.

Westberg has two separate DWAI convictions on his record — both in 1978.

Sentencing is set in La Plata County Court on Dec. 3.

jim@pagosasun.com