WENATCHEE — A lawyer who formerly prosecuted drunk drivers for the city of Wenatchee pleaded guilty Monday in his own DUI case.
Sean R. Esworthy, 30, paid $945 in court fines and costs and must serve a day in jail within the next month for his June 15 arrest by a Washington State Patrol trooper. The trooper stopped Esworthy just after midnight for driving without headlights in downtown Wenatchee, and found the attorney had slurred speech, flushed skin, watery red eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.
Esworthy refused to take a breath test or field sobriety test.
He has been an associate since 2011 with Johnson, Gaukroger, Smith and Marchant, the Wenatchee firm that acts as the city’s legal counsel. He prosecuted multiple DUI cases on the city’s behalf, as well as other misdemeanors and infractions in Chelan County District Court.
Esworthy had not managed city prosecutions since early spring, instead handling civil cases for the firm. Johnson, Gaukroger partner Steve Smith said Tuesday that Esworthy remains employed at the firm but would not comment on whether he’d been disciplined internally.
DUI is punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Esworthy’s total sentence was 364 days in jail with 363 days suspended, and $5,000 with $4,400 suspended. Chelan County District Court Judge Roy Fore also took away his driver’s license for 90 days and placed him on two years’ probation.