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Posted on December 9 at 1:35 p.m.
Agreed, Holly - I do think selfishness and entitlement, denial of any possible impairment, and a sense that one can f**king do whatever one wants factors into almost every decision made to drive after drinking.
My opinion is informed by the nearly 20 years I spent in law enforcement and by the countless numbers of DUI arrests I made over those years, including, memorably, an incredibly impaired driver who I was good friends with back in high school.
Although I would not say I am or was an expert in forensic alcohol analysis, I would also point out that different amounts of alcohol affect different people differently. It doesn't take much alcohol at all to impair some individuals.
On Lois Capps Representative Arrested for DUI Hit-and-Run
Posted on December 9 at 11:36 a.m.
I agree with beachgirl. This does indicate a failure of management that likely goes to the very top.
On DUI Hit-and-Run Suspect Raymond Morua Has Criminal Record
Posted on December 8 at 5:26 p.m.
I don't think Prohibition would work, obviously. There's been a shift over the years so that DUI is a far less socially acceptable way of killing and injuring others. Even with this shift, and the tightening of various DUI laws over the years making DUI much more expensive if you're prosecuted and convicted, people still eschew personal responsibility and drink and drive. My best guess as to why: many DUI drivers don't think they're impaired enough to get caught. Calling a cab can be a hassle, too.
So, I'd bet that DUI legal defense continues to be a lucrative business.
Posted on December 6 at 7:01 p.m.
I think this one is on Mr. Morua. It was his decision to drink and drive. I would take the Independent off the blame line.
Posted on December 6 at 4:51 p.m.
805, the sentence "Morua has reportedly been arrested for prior DUI offenses, including a hit-and-run charge" suggests that the suspect has prior arrests for similar charges in the past, but perhaps the Indy can/will clarify...
Posted on December 6 at 1:27 p.m.
Yeah, I'd say his actions indicate an intent to flee the scene, hence the higher-then-usual bail. He was evidently just too under the influence of alcohol to succeed.
Yes, a tragic event indeed, Rep. Capps. All your aide needed to do to prevent this from happening was to simply call a cab. Perhaps he's already made a call to Darryl Genis to help get himself out of this mess.
May God bless the victim of this needless, preventable and unnecessary tragedy, as well as her family.
Posted on December 5 at 9:44 p.m.
I too was wondering who married them. The victim sounds pretty out of it. The marriage officiant couldn't figure out that something wasn't right?
On Woman Arrested in Elder Abuse Case
Posted on November 27 at 2:15 p.m.
This scandal does raise legitimate questions about Sheriff Brown's tenure and how he runs the department. Peterson was Brown's second-in-command of the entire operation. I would say that an undersheriff who has time to chase women not his wife and drink mimosas in parking lots doesn't have enough real work to occupy his time and should have been shown the door long ago. Or maybe Peterson was ignoring his real work while he was chasing women and drinking mimosas in parking lots.
On Undersheriff Jim Peterson Retired Amid 'Sexting' Scandal
Posted on November 25 at 12:01 p.m.
foofighter also seems convinced that this case will be going to a jury. I'd be very surprised if it gets that far. I expect the County will ultimately pay out some money to make the case go away as quickly and quietly as possible. Mr. Peterson has already resigned, so I think the administrative actions that can be taken against him are pretty limited.
Posted on November 23 at 12:38 p.m.
As usual, Eckermann makes a good point. I'm sure Mr. Peterson didn't exhibit the signs of narcissistic sociopathy early in his career.
I was struck by his pretty rapid rise to the #2 position within the department, so I figured he was very good at not doing anything controversial out in the field, taking tests and oral boards, schmoozing his superiors, being in the right place at the right time, and working on the right political campaign[s].
He also exhibits well-honed instincts in self-protection. I note that his response to the investigation was to quickly resign and walk away from the mess. I don't have a dog in this fight, but IMO this says a great deal about the truth of many of these allegations.
Did I read in the story that Mr. Peterson planned a run for County supervisor in a few years? Well, if so and he actually runs for office, that's chutzpah!
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