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Thursday, July 17, 2008

"Routt Sheriff found guilty of DWAI"


Here is the Post's blurb in toto:

A jury in Steamboat Springs today found Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall guilty of driving while ability impaired, failure to dim his headlights and prohibited use of a weapon.

The Routt County Court jury rejected the sheriff's defense in the three-day trial — that he was targeted by state troopers and framed when he was pulled over on U.S. 40 last October, the Steamboat Pilot reported on its website.

The sheriff claimed he had only one glass of wine that night, but he refused to do a roadside sobriety tests or submit to any tests of his blood-alcohol level, according to the newspaper.

A sentencing date has not yet been set. The conviction won't affect Wall's job, since he is an elected official, unless voters organize a recall election.

I think it is safe to assume that Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall is familiar with how police work. I think it is safe to assume he knows the best way to handle a traffic stop.

How did he chose to handle his stop?

He refused a roadside sobriety test.
He refused any blood alcohol test.

I wonder why?

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