Presumptive Kiowa County Attorney and current Ford County Assistant Attorney J. Scott James will serve 48-hours in jail for his March 31 DUI arrest.
James appeared in Edwards County District Court on Aug. 31 to face driving under the influence charges stemming from his March 31 arrest by the Kansas State Highway Patrol.
James pled guilty to the charges and received a suspended one-year jail sentence. He is required to serve 48 consecutive hours in the county jail and will serve three days of house arrest. He must complete his sentence within 30 days.
In addition the judge ordered James’ license to operate a motor vehicle suspended for one year, after which he will be required to use an “interlock” device for an additional year.
An interlock device requires the driver to submit a breath sample to operate the vehicle. It measures the drivers alcohol content and allows ignition if it is below a predetermined level.
Edwards County Attorney Mark Frame, acting as the prosecuting attorney, told the Dodge City Daily Globe that James had completed a court ordered alcohol treatment program and will have to complete one year of supervised probation.
James will also pay $160 in court costs and a $1,250 fine.
“I made a mistake,” James wrote in a July 16 email. “I take full responsibility for it. I’m not proud of it, but I had to learn an important lesson. I’ve done everything I can to address this and to make sure it is not a mistake I will repeat.”
James was pulled over on March 31 in Dodge City by a Ford County Sheriff for a lane violation. A subsequent blood sample, taken after he refused to submit to a breathalyzer, showed he was over the .08 blood alcohol content allowed by Kansas law.
Frame was named a special prosecutor in the case by Ford County Attorney Terry Malone, who, citing a conflict of interest, moved the case to Edwards County.
James has worked for the Ford County Attorney's office since 2010, exclusively prosecuting suspected gang members.
He won the Kiowa County Attorney primary election on Aug. 7 against incumbent Candace Lattin and is running unopposed in the November general election.
Abigail Wilson of the Dodge City Daily Globe contributed to this report.