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The question is not whether the troopers’ observations were sufficient to arrest the defendants for DUI but whether they were enough to justify the pursuit and initial stop.
A DUI can be and often is a person’s only crime or contact with the criminal justice system. It can come at any age and to any level of society. It usually stems from a mixture of the ubiquitous alcohol and poor judgment.
Vermont favors breath tests over blood tests to determine a DUI suspect’s BAC, and Vermont law dictates that if you drive a vehicle on Vermont highways, you have consented to giving a breath test.
Gov. Peter Shumlin has hired Robert Sand, who has been the state’s attorney in Windsor County for the last 15 years, to develop a DUI treatment court system in Vermont. DUI courts put “high risk” offenders — people with an addiction and/or a prior conviction — in treatment programs and requires them to regularly report [...]
Judging from the cruiser-cam video, the case against accused drunk driver Brian Grenier looked like a slam dunk.
Salmon himself was stopped in 2009 while driving just over the legal limit and knows first-hand how a good night can turn bad.