Atlantic County Surrogate Jim Curcio plead guilty to charges of driving while under the influence (DWI) and refusal to submit to a chemical test, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor James P. McClain announced on Monday, Sept. 24.
Curcio was sentenced to over $850 in fines 48 hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC), two years loss of license and one year of ignition interlock for the DWI charge, McClain said. For the refusal charge, Curcio was sentenced to over $400 in fines, 48 hours in IDRC, seven months loss of license and six months ignition interlock, to be served concurrently for the DWI sentence, McClain said.
The matter was heard in Cape May County beause of Curcio's status as county surrogate, McClain said.
Curcio submitted the guilty plea in relation to charges following an arrest in April. On April 27, Mullica Township Police stopped Curcio on Route 30 shortly after 1 a.m., McClain said. At that time, Curcio was charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, DWI, McClain said.
He was taken to the police station, where he was then charged with refusal to submit to a chemical test, McClain said.
Curcio has served as Atlantic County Surrogate since 2010. He was first elected freeholder in 1994.