State Rep. Brad Bennett (D-Dover) has quietly begun serving a 60-day jail sentence as punishment for pleading guilty to one count of driving under the influence.
Bennett had pled guilty to second degree DUI before New Castle County Court of Common Pleas Judge Welch in Wilmington back on Oct. 3, Delaware Department of Justice spokesman Jason Miller said Wednesday.
Bennett was represented by attorney Dan Lyons while Deputy Attorney General Sean Lugg prosecuted the case.
Bennett was sentenced to 60 days in prison followed by one year of level 2 probation, Miller said. He was ordered to pay $750 in fines and to complete a DUI/substance abuse course.
In addition, Bennett lost his license for at least two years, Miller said.
He reported to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution, also known as Gander Hill, in Wilmington on Oct. 4.
"As part of the guilty plea, the state dropped the other charges that were pending - leaving the scene of an accident, no proof of insurance, and failure to report an accident involving alcohol," Miller said.
Bennett was charged with DUI by the Wilmington Police Department on April 15, 2012. The WPD said Bennett sideswiped one of their police cruisers and kept on going. He was subsequently charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.
Bennett was also arrested by Lewes Police and charged with DUI back on Oct. 3, 2010. The officer who stopped Bennett for a traffic violation around 2:30 a.m. tested him when he suspected he was intoxicated.
Bennett has represented the 32nd District of the state House of Representatives, which includes south Dover.
Bennett announced his retirement from the Delaware House of Representatives before his colleagues in chamber in early June. He said he would focus on his personal battle with alcoholism.
His wife, Andria Bennett, is running to replace him. She soundly defeated William McGlumphy in the September primary. She faces Republican Ellis Parrott on Election Day Nov. 6.