Thursday, December 24, 2009

Free Pass for Drunk Cop

There will be no DUI charges for the Ogden, Utah police officer Jared Tongsaeng Ingalsbe who crashed into two power poles, four cars and a house.  According to the Salt Lake Tribune report, Officer Ingalsbe tested positive for a prescription sleep medication and alcohol.

The Salt Lake Tribune report documents some incredible bullshit from the local prosecutor, "Deputy Weber County Attorney Christopher Allred explained this week that the totality of the evidence did not support, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Ingalsbe was driving while impaired. [ARE YOU CRAZY?] Allred said he could extrapolate backward from Ingalsbe's blood-alcohol results to show it exceeded -- just slightly -- the legal limit of 0.08 at the time of the June 30 crash. But Allred said he decided that proving a DUI in court would be 'very difficult.' The crash occurred at 10:40 p.m., and Ingalsbe's blood was not drawn until 1:03 a.m., according to police reports, meaning 143 minutes had elapsed. Ingalsbe's blood-alcohol content measured 0.05 at the time it was drawn. Using a standard burn-off rate of 0.015 per hour, police and prosecutors calculated Ingalsbe's blood-alcohol content was 0.0857 at the time of the crash."

Perhaps Prosecutor Allred should find another calling, he apparently doens't feel competent to prosecute drunk drivers double up on prescription drugs.   Watch out Ogden, Utah!

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