Man accused of drinking, driving while on probation dodges jail time

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A drunk driver who nearly killed an Albuquerque teacher is not facing any more time behind bars, even though he’s accused of drinking and driving again while on probation.

Scott Knowles took a plea deal for five years probation after he plowed into Tonya McCullough, who jumped in front of his speeding car in 2014 to push her son and an Albuquerque Police Department service aide out of the way.

McCullough spent a month in the hospital.

Then earlier this year, Knowles was pulled over and charged with aggravated DWI.

Judge Stan Whitaker Tuesday said this is an unusual case and he wasn’t sure he had the power to put Knowles behind bars. So he ruled that as long as Knowles shows up for his court dates, he will remain on probation with extra supervision. 

Knowles was not in court Tuesday because he lives in Kansas, but will be required to be in New Mexico for his next hearing. 

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