DUI charge dropped against top prison doc

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The top doctor for the Oregon Department of Corrections will not be charged with a crime following an arrest late last year for alleged driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Last week a Deschutes County judge approved an order dismissing charges against Bend resident Christopher Peter DiGiulio, who was pulled over Dec. 2 and arrested on suspicion of DUI.

DiGiulio’s attorney, Brian Donahue, said lab work showed his client’s blood alcohol level was low enough the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office decided to not pursue charges.

“I think the DA’s office did the right thing,” Donahue said. “For Chris, this was huge … He feels vindicated.”

DiGiulio, the clinical director for the Department of Corrections, was still fined $650 for refusing a breath test for alcohol.

According to the arrest report, DiGiulio was pulled over in his white BMW on NE Third Street near Wilson Avenue in Bend because his tail light was out. He allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day to Deputy Aaron Myers of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

“This is a reminder that not everyone is guilty just because they were they were charged with a crime,” Donahue said.


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