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Pr. George's Lobbyist Heads to Trial on DUI Charges

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Price said it was unclear whether Jacobs would lobby for the council again in January because the contracts for next year had not been finalized. Karen Campbell, spokeswoman for the council, did not return a call or an e-mail seeking a comment.

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Jacobs has made hundreds of thousands of dollars as a lobbyist advocating for various groups and causes over the years. Last year, he agreed to pay $1,130 to the Maryland State Ethics Commission for failing to file timely reports on his activities. He is currently registered with the state.

In 1992, Jacobs pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated after he was stopped on Interstate 95 in Prince George's. He was fined $85, court records show.

On May 31, 2002, Jacobs was arrested and charged by Prince George's police with fleeing the scene of an accident. The officer described him as "glassy eyed" and "unable to follow instructions" and discovered that his car was uninsured, according to charging documents in that case.

By July 2003, Jacobs had been charged with three other violations, according to court records. On Sept. 21, 2002, he was arrested and charged with driving with a revoked license. Three days later, he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. In February 2003, he was arrested and charged with driving with a revoked license.

In August 2003, a Charles County Circuit Court judge sentenced him to one year in jail for each of those three cases. He was sentenced to another year for the May 2002 offense in Prince George's, but the sentence ran concurrently with the term in Charles. Court records indicate he served time but was released early.

In June 2008, Jacobs pleaded guilty to one count of driving a motor vehicle on a suspended license. He was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation and a fine.

Staff researcher Meg Smith contributed to this report.


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