By Victor Whitman
Published: 12:42 PM - 03/21/11
Last updated: 12:46 PM - 03/21/11
MONTICELLO - A Swan Lake man facing a felony driving while intoxicated charge showed up to Sullivan County Court on Monday with a bag full of beer and was promptly thrown in jail without bail.
Keith Gruber, 49, had a scheduled 10:30 a.m. pretrial hearing.
Gruber came to court about an hour and a half late carrying a black bag that contained four cans
of Busch beer. He also was carrying an open can of Busch beer and was drunk, authorities say.
He tried to throw away the can.
The bag was confiscated by court officers at the security check and was produced to Judge Frank LaBuda. Before Gruber arrived in court, LaBuda relieved Gruber’s attorney from the case. Gruber has been represented by the Greenwald law firm but hadn’t cooperated with them.
LaBuda asked Gruber if he enjoyed his “liquid lunch.”
Gruber indicated he did and said he was sorry.
“It was obvious he was intoxicated,” LaBuda said.
Gruber, who has prior DWI convictions, was arrested on Dec. 27 in the town of Liberty and was out on $30,000 cash bail.
LaBuda put Gruber in jail on no bail.
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