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District attorney's office employee arrested and charged with DUI

An employee of the District Attorney's office in Chatham County was arrested and charged with failure to yield and driving under the influence on March 2 at approximately 2:30 a.m. Police stopped the man and performed field sobriety tests on him, coming to the conclusion that he was driving under the influence. Police further claim that the man tried to convince them that he was a district attorney in order to gain leniency, when in fact, he was not a district attorney.

Police say that the man tried to show them his DA's office identification card in an attempt to win their favor. Allegedly, he told police he was "employed as a DA." Later, police say he changed his statement to clarify his role at the DA as a consultant. The man also called his personal attorney several times during the traffic stop and asked officers to speak with him. Police ultimately arrested the man and booked him at the Chatham County jail.

The accused man really did work at the DA's office as project manager for the Gun Violence Reduction Partnership. However, following the arrest and DUI accusation, the man has stepped down from the position.

As the story was reported in the news media, we certainly see that the facts presented do not look very good for this man in terms of his criminal proceedings related to the DUI charges. However, every reader of this blog must remember, those accused of crimes will be innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. We must, therefore, refrain from seeing this man as guilty until he has a chance to tell his side of the story in a court of law. Once his voice is heard and he has been able to make his defense, it's possible that the court will see this matter in an entirely different light.

Source: Savannah Morning News, "Chatham County gun violence head resigns following DUI probe," Jan Skutch, April 12, 2018

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