Former state representative Mark J. Carron was ordered to serve 6 months of a 2-year jail sentence after being found guilty of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
He was arrested on the charge Feb. 2 after Auburn police said they found him asleep in his car about 2 a.m. Police said he failed several field sobriety tests.
Mr. Carron was found guilty of the charge after a jury trial in Central District Court. Police said at the time of his arrest that Mr. Carron had three prior drunk-driving convictions, and he was charged with his fourth offense.
Mr. Carron waived his right to a separate jury trial and admitted to two prior drunken driving convictions, one in 1987 and the other in 1991.
Judge Charles Groce III sentenced Mr. Carron to 2 years in the House of Correction, with 6 months to be served. The judge suspended the balance of the sentence for 2 years with probation.
As conditions of probation, Mr. Carron was ordered to undergo a substance abuse evaluation and any treatment deemed appropriate by the court, to attend four Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week and to remain alcohol-free with random screens. The status of his driver's license will be determined by the state Registry of Motor Vehicles.
As proposed by his lawyer, Michael H. Erlich, and Special Prosecutor Michael Russo, Judge Groce agreed to recommend that Mr. Carron serve the committed portion of his sentence at the Western Massachusetts Alcohol Rehabilitation Center in Springfield.