Van Hammer Sentenced To One-Year Probation In DUI Case

Mark Hildreth, known to wrestling fans as Van Hammer in WCW, pled guilty to one count of Driving Under the Influence, Causing Property Damage and Injury as part of a plea deal with Florida's Palm Beach County Court. He has been sentenced to one year of probation, a one-year suspension of his driver's license and having an interlock device placed on his vehicle for one year as well.   

Hildreth was also ruled guilty of leaving the scene of an accident while the charge of violating the speed zone was dismissed. The guilty plea was officially made on April 29 as part of a plea agreement that saw Hildreth sentenced only on the DUI charge.

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PWInsider first reported the news of the guilty plea.

Hildreth has been given four days credit towards his probation for the four days he was incarcerated following the arrest in January.

It was noted in court records that within the term of his probation, Hildreth must attend a victim's impact session, where he will learn of how DUIs have affected those who have been victims in such circumstances. It was also noted the victims in his case have been notified of the plea agreement and according to court records "are not seeking restitution."

Hildreth was arrested on Sunday, January 26 and charged with driving under the influence in Boynton Beach, FL. The local police report Hildreth's car struck a five-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle. The boy was admitted as a trauma patient with possible internal injuries but is in stable condition. His injuries are not life-threatening according to Palm Beach Post. It was previously reported that Hildreth was driving 58 at a 35 mph zone.


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