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Polk Co. judge accepts stricter probation terms for Stephen Yates

Stephen Yates mug shot courtesy of Polk County Jail. Stephen Yates mug shot courtesy of Polk County Jail.
Yates and his attorney leave the Polk County Jail Yates and his attorney leave the Polk County Jail

This round of legal trouble is finally over for Stephen Yates.  A Polk County district judge is releasing the Lufkin radio station owner under new conditions of his probation.

Stephen Yates, 52, of Lufkin, has been held in the Polk County Jail since mid-April after violating a condition of his probation by driving a vehicle which did not have a breathalyzer installed. He was put on probation for 10 years following a felony DWI conviction in 2007.

On top of his current probation conditions, he will have to abide by stricter provisions.  Yates must immediately surrender his driver's license and is not allowed to operate a vehicle until 2017 when his probation ends. He must also wear a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM device), which is worn around the ankle and monitors perspiration for alcohol content levels.

Judge Elizabeth Coker approved the conditions, following an agreement between Yates' defense attorney, Don Duran, and the Polk County District Attorney's Office.

He was released from the Polk County Jail within minutes of leaving the courthouse. His attorney walked him from the jail into his waiting car.

Yates' legal troubles began with his first of four DWI convictions in 1979.  His most recent, felony conviction in 2007 resulted in his ongoing ten year probation sentence.

According to court documents, this was his second probation violation.  The first happened only months after being placed on probation.  The court ordered Yates to attend a 90 day drug treatment center after they say he used several types of illegal drugs.

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