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January 13, 2014

Man shows up drunk to probation violation hearing

SUTTONS BAY — Showing up drunk in court is never a good idea, especially if your probation is being revoked for drinking.

Christopher G. Klassa, 51, of Redford Township, found this out the hard way.

Klassa appeared in court Jan. 10 for a hearing to determine if his probation should be revoked. Authorities said he hadn't stopped drinking while on probation for drunken driving and possession of marijuana.

Eighty-sixth District Court Judge Thomas Phillips ended Klassa's probation and handed down a 30-day jail sentence.

But when Klassa was booked at the Leelanau County jail authorities said he once again tested positive for alcohol. Klassa registered a .145 blood-alcohol content during booking, meaning he'll have to appear in court for another probation violation hearing — this time minus the alcohol.

A new hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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