The man charged with driving drunk and killing a 65-year-old woman will undergo treatment while his case continues.
David Jones allegedly killed Carolyn Ellis, when he struck her with his car and she suffered major head trauma. He appeared to have been drinking that night. Open beer bottles were found in his car.
In court, Jones’ attorney said that he wants to engage in drug and alcohol treatment.
After taking some time to conduct an assessment, a representative from Pre-trial Services said Jones is eligible for 60 days of residential treatment.
The government argued that the treatment facility isn’t locked and that Jones is a potential flight risk.
Judge Lopez allowed the treatment, and said this is a matter of someone who was heavily under the influence of drugs and alcohol and not someone trying to cause harm to somebody. He said the first step before the legal proceedings continue is to get treatment for Jones.
As the judge made the ruling, granting sixty days of treatment for Jones, the government again expressed concerns of him leaving treatment.
They are set to reappear on Sept. 15