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Man gets jail for habitual DUI

A Kihei man was sentenced Tuesday to a one-year jail term for habitually driving under the influence of alcohol during a traffic collision.

Joseph Pietzke, 42, also was placed on five years’ probation.

He had pleaded no contest to habitually driving under the influence of alcohol and inattention to driving.

The collision was reported the evening of May 19 near Kaiolohia Street and Kaipii Place when a vehicle sideswiped another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, then fled the scene, police said. The victim called police about an hour later to report the other driver returned to the scene to apologize, according to police.

An officer found Pietzke asleep in the vehicle and reported he had slow, slurred speech and an odor of liquor. He couldn’t complete field sobriety testing, the officer reported.

Court records show Pietzke has previous convictions for DUI in January and November 2013 and December 2012.

Second Circuit Judge Kelsey Kawano imposed the sentence Tuesday.

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