Jayson Werth went to court Thursday in Virginia, pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge and was sentenced to an already-agreed-upon five days in jail. The good news for Werth: He’ll be able to serve his jail time when it best fits his schedule, on the weekends.
Werth, the Washington Nationals’ starting left fielder, was clocked driving 105 mph in a 55-mph zone last July on the Beltway. A judge originally sentenced him to 10 days in jail for that, but Werth appealed and then struck this plea bargain.
One of the benefits, according to Justin Jouvenal of the Washington Post, is that it allows Werth to visit jail on his terms:
Werth will serve his sentence on weekends, so he can continue rehabilitation following shoulder surgery during the week and training for the upcoming season. Circuit Court Judge Randy L. Bellows said such latitude was unusual for someone caught driving more than 100 mph on the Beltway, but ultimately agreed to it.
“He is very involved in community,” Werth’s attorney, Michael Pritchard, told the judge. “This was an aberration.”
If you must go to jail, it might as well be jail with in-and-out privileges. A little bit of jail, a little bit of rehab and freedom, then a little more jail, then some more rehab and freedom. (He’s expected to turn himself in Friday for jail stint No. 1)
Other lawbreakers only wish they could go to jail when it’s most convenient for them and their $21-million-per-year jobs.
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