DECEMBER 28, 2005 - Posted at 3:14 p.m. CST
JACKSON, MO - A judge who caught a 27-year-old consuming alcohol an hour after sentencing him for drunk driving has ordered the man into rehabilitation.
Jacob Vandeven of Whitewater entered a guilty plea before Judge William Syler on December 5, charged with driving while intoxicated for causing an accident with injuries.
The judge went to lunch at a restaurant and bar near the courthouse in Jackson less than an hour later. He spotted Vandeven drinking, a violation of the man's probation.
Vandeven was arrested on December 6 and is being held in the Cape Girardeau County Jail. The judge yesterday ordered Vandeven to remain in custody until a space opens at a nearby treatment center.
The judge said Vandeven must complete a 30-day inpatient alcohol program. Vandeven will appear back in court on January 30. At that time, the judge could restore the probation or impose a jail sentence.