Lakewood Ranch man gets DUI probation

A Lakewood Ranch man was sentenced to 12 months probation after pleading no contest to a charge of driving under the influence.

Holmes Beach police arrested Stephen McNeill in August 2017 for DUI after an officer observed his vehicle speeding east on Manatee Avenue and pulled McNeill over.

After McNeill’s July 2 plea, 12th Circuit Judge Doug Henderson found him guilty and ordered him to complete a DUI program, a victim-impact panel and 50 hours of public service.

The judge ordered his vehicle impounded for 10 days and suspended his driver’s license for six months.

Henderson’s order left open for McNeill the possibilities of early termination of probation upon successful completion and a buy-out of public service hours.

Traffic tickets issued to McNeill for failing to display registration and speeding were consolidated into the DUI case.

He was assessed $1,741 in court costs and fines.

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