Prosecutor enters plea in DWI charge

Posted: Sunday, September 01, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal prosecutor Friday pleaded no contest to a drunken driving charge and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and serve three days in a halfway house.

Mark A. Rosenbaum, 52, was charged earlier this month after Anchorage police saw his car swerving and pulled him over, according to Patrick Hanley, assistant district attorney. Rosenbaum also was charged with fourth-degree misconduct involving a weapon because he had a gun in the car and was intoxicated.

Both charges are misdemeanors.

Police said that on Aug. 20, a Rosenbaum acquaintance called police and told them he was driving drunk. The person gave the prosecutor's location and license plate number, police said.

Rosenbaum, an assistant U.S. attorney, was stopped at around 10:45 p.m., police said.

Hanley, detailing the events for Judge Sigurd Murphy in court on Friday, said police smelled alcohol in Rosenbaum's car and Rosenbaum said he had drunk two glasses of wine.

Rosenbaum performed poorly on field sobriety tests and later tested at a .160 blood alcohol level, Hanley said.

Rosenbaum also informed police that he had a gun in his car, police said. He had a concealed weapons permit, but it is illegal to carry a gun while drunk, police said.

Prior to that night, Rosenbaum had no criminal record. Rosenbaum said he has worked for the U.S. Attorney's Office for more than 18 years.

He mostly prosecutes drug cases, said U.S. Attorney Tim Burgess.

The state dropped the misconduct charge Friday in exchange for Rosenbaum's no contest plea to drunken driving. Included in his sentence was a mandatory 90-day suspension of his license and a $5,000 fine -- much higher than the $1,500 minimum.

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