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Mitchell teen drives drunk, violates probation

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A Mitchell man will serve jail time for violating his probation.

Benjamin Amadon, 19, of Woonsocket, admitted to violating his probation by drinking alcohol.

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Amadon will serve 180 days in jail with credit for 111 already served. He will serve the remaining 69 days immediately. Bjorkman granted work release for the time Amadon is in jail. Upon his release, he must enroll in the 24/7 Sobriety program. He must also enroll in inpatient/outpatient treatment program, for which he received a furlough to attend while in jail. His probation was extended to Feb. 11, 2016.

Amadon said he was doing well on probation until he hung out with the wrong people and drank alcohol. In December, he drank to the point he blacked out and then drove to Walmart, Amadon said.

“I don’t really remember much of what happened,” he said. “I remember being at my house and then at Walmart in the driver’s seat and the car was running.” He was arrested for drunken driving that night, he said. He was on probation for a charge of intent to distribute marijuana. Judge Tim Bjorkman ordered his previous sentence will continue with a few changes.

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