Tommy Harwood pled guilty to DUI and causing great bodily harm by vehicle after he rolled his pickup truck in January 2005. He was facing a year in prison, but District Judge Thomas Hynes recently granted him a conditional discharge. His record will be wiped clean if passes a physical exam and is accepted into the Army. If Harwood isn’t accepted, the judge can revoke the conditional discharge and resentence him.
Judge Hynes said it was Harwood’s idea to join the Army in lieu of serving a jail sentence. “If he winds up in the middle of Iraq, he isn’t going to think this is a privilege. We are engaged in a war and need some people to step up to the plate.”