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With a BAC of 0.09, former police chief arrested for DWI

The former police chief of Greensboro, North Carolina was arrested recently for driving while intoxicated. The 54-year-old man was a police officer for 27 years, three of which were spent as the police chief of Greensboro. In 2010, he retired from his post and in 2012 he was appointed the director of public safety at North Carolina Central University.

The former police chief was pulled over on a Saturday night at about 12:40 a.m. The officer who performed the traffic stop said he smelled alcohol emanating from the vehicle and that the former police chief had glassy eyes. The officer then performed a Breathalyzer test on the 54-year-old, which came back with a reading of 0.09.

There are two things to learn from this story. First and foremost, the 54-year-old's blood alcohol content of 0.09 serves and important purpose for drunk driving in general. Many people who are charged with DWI barely surpass the limit. These people made a mistake, and they certainly feel sorry for what they have done. We've all made mistakes. We shouldn't suffer for many years because of a mistake that caused no one any harm.

The other element in this story is that the former police chief was given a Breathalyzer test. Breath tests need to be administered properly, otherwise the data that is collected during the test -- and, indeed, the entire case -- could be invalidated. This is an important factor that is often overlooked in drunk driving cases.

Source: WGHP, "Former Greensboro police chief charged with DWI," Aug. 2, 2014

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