Spangdahlem-based Air Force major jailed after third DUI
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A Spangdahlem-based Air Force major is serving a five-month jail sentence for his third drunken-driving offense.
Maj. Jonathan P. Elliott of the 726th Air Mobility Squadron pleaded guilty to the charge at a court-martial last month. He is serving his sentence at the military jail in Mannheim, said Staff Sgt. Tammie Moore, a Spangdahlem Air Base spokeswoman.
A military judge also sentenced Elliott to a reprimand, according to a news release posted on the base’s Web site.
Elliott admitted to driving drunk from the Spangdahlem area to Kapaun Air Station in Kaiserslautern on July 21, 2006. Kapaun is more than 70 miles away from Spangdahlem Air Base.
When he arrived at Kapaun, members of the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron suspected Elliott was intoxicated, the release said. Base police conducted a field sobriety test and two Breathalyzers, which indicated that Elliott was drunk, the release said.
“This case underscores that a decision to drink and drive can have very serious consequences whether you are enlisted or an officer,” the release said. “Anyone caught drinking and driving will face the consequences of that decision.”
But Elliott could have received a harsher sentence. The maximum punishment for driving drunk with no personal injuries involved is a bad-conduct discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and six months’ confinement, according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. A bad-conduct discharge is equivalent to a dismissal for an officer.