Incoming Manhattan city commissioner Aaron Estabrook entered a plea deal on Tuesday for an April DUI charge with a sentence that includes house arrest and some jail time.
Riley County District Judge John Bosch issued the sentencing exactly a week following the municipal election Nov. 5.
News Radio KMAN reported Estabrook will serve 48 hours in jail and 120 hours of house arrest, both of which will be scheduled at a later hearing. He will have to perform 20 hours of community service.
Bosch also ordered Estabrook to serve six months of probation and pay a fine of $1,250, as well as nearly $170 in court and probation costs.
Estabrook was charged with DUI stemming from a non-injury accident on April 15. According to an RCPD report, Estabrook struck a parked vehicle in the Starbucks parking lot on Bluemont Avenue. Estabrook said at the time he had been leaving from dinner at Coco Bolos. Police arrested him nearby outside the Shop Quik gas station after he initially refused to perform sobriety tests.
Estabrook’s attorney requested that the hearing get rescheduled twice. It was originally scheduled for September, and then October.
Estabrook told The Mercury on Tuesday he didn’t know the reason for the delay, but the “legal process isn’t always fast.”
“I’m anxious to get this chapter over with and move forward,” Estabrook said.
“I take responsibility, and I am remorseful for the lapse of judgement,” he continued.
Since then, Estabrook said he has completely stopped drinking.
“I’ve moved on from that,” he said.
Estabrook said he has since gained empathy for people who struggle with drinking and similar issues. He said he has had a lot of personal change and discovery since April.
“It’s going to stay with me forever, and ... unfortunately, I have to go through this, there are some positives coming out,” he said.
Estabrook will assume duties as city commissioner in January.
He edged Sarah Siders for the third open position on the city commission by 130 votes. Estabrook received 2,906 votes while Siders gained 2,776.