Sunday, October 21, 2007

AP: Graham refused breathalyzer test

Associated Press reports Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, refused to take a breathalyzer test after the police stopped him for suspicion of drunk driving Saturday:

Columbia Police Sgt. Dan Beckman said officers smelled intoxicants on Graham, noticed his eyes were watery and bloodshot and that he slurred his words and mumbled. Beckman said that according to a probable cause statement, Graham acknowledged consuming "a few" beers before driving.

Graham refused to submit to a breathalyzer exam and would not provide a blood sample.


Anonymous said...

Isn't refusal of a breathalyzer/blood test an automatic loss of driving privilages for one year?

Anonymous said...

Yep, dumbest thing he could have done.

Anonymous said...

I don't agree with that law. People can't make that decision smartly.

Busplunge said...

He will have a better lawyer than most.

Anonymous said...

To the 2:49 poster, it wasn’t so dumb if there was even a chance someone was slightly injured in the accident. If you are over .08, have an accident and cause a minor injury then you can be charged with felony assault and face up to five years in prison.

So, yes he will lose his license for one year (but will be able to get a limited driving privilege after 90 days) but by not taking the test it makes it harder to prosecute him, which could save him five years in the can.