Man arrested for DUI says he wasn’t drinking while driving, just at ‘stop signs

VERO BEACH, Fla. – A man arrested on suspicion of DUI in Florida had a creative, if ineffective defense.

During the June 27 arrest, 69-year-old Earle Stevens told officers he hadn’t been drinking and driving – he’d only been drinking at “stop signs,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Treasure Coast News.

Police received a 911 call after a McDonald’s drive-thru customer in Vero Beach complained of a driver behind her repeatedly bumping her car.

Indian River County sheriff’s deputies found Stevens still behind the wheel, an open bottle of booze stuffed in a paper bag on the seat next to him, according to the affidavit.

Deputies said Stevens smelled of alcohol and told them he was feeling “pretty good.”

Stevens, who said he has never had a Florida driver’s license, allegedly told deputies that he’d only sip Jim Beam at “stop signs.”

According to the affidavit, “He further explained that he was not drinking while the car was moving and only when he stopped for stop signs and traffic signals.”

Stevens, who told officers he’d also been busted twice for driving under the influence in Missouri, according to the paper, was booked on charges of DUI and driving without a license.

Man arrested for DUI says he wasn’t drinking while driving, just at ‘stop signs’

Fired prosecutor accused of groping, DUI

A fired Snohomish County deputy prosecutor is facing a sexual assault investigation, along with drunk driving charges, following a legal conference in Lake Chelan.

A Snohomish County deputy prosecutor – fired last week after he was charged with a drunk driving violation – is now under a criminal investigation for groping a female co-worker.

Snohomish County’s elected prosecutor, Mark Roe, confirmed that a Chelan County detective interviewed a female deputy prosecutor yesterday who said longtime deputy prosecutor Chris Dickinson grabbed her breasts during a legal conference in Chelan last month.

“I feel terrible about it. It’s been probably my worst week as prosecutor,” said County Prosecutor Mark Roe. Roe fired Dickinson last week after Dickinson was arrested for driving under the influence hours after the conference at Campbell’s Resort had ended.

The drunken driving arrest and the groping episode are not the only fallout from the conference.

Roe also reviewed two photographs taken by another deputy prosecutor that show Dickinson and his topless girlfriend at a hotel room gathering of deputy prosecutors hours before Dickinson’s DUI arrest.

“I don’t know how she came to be exposed in that fashion on the top half of her body,” Roe said.

But Dickinson’s girlfriend, an employee at Snohomish County Juvenile court, appeared to be drunk and unconscious, Roe said.

Roe said another deputy prosecutor in the room snapped two photos of the couple in order to document their conduct.

“A young DPA took the photo because he was appalled by the actions of Dickinson and thought it should be documented in some fashion so that he could be held accountable for that,” Roe said.

Roe said the picture of the unconscious woman should not have been taken, and he’s disappointed that some of the senior employees in the room did not act more quickly to address Dickinson’s conduct.

The young prosecutor who took the photo was “reprimanded,” according to Roe.

The Snohomish County prosecutor said the Chelan continuing education legal conference has been an annual event for more than 40 years, and the most serious problem previously had been the occasional “hangover.”

Roe said he’s “disappointed” in the conduct of some of his employees, and believes it’s possible that Dickinson – the ex-prosecutor – could face more than just a DUI charge when Chelan County Sheriff’s complete their investigation.

“I spent 12 years in our special assault unit. I don’t know any way to describe that. If that took place, that’s a sexual assault in my mind,” Roe said of the hotel room groping incident.

KING 5 could not reach Dickinson for a comment. His girlfriend and the Snohomish County deputy prosecutor who Dickinson is accused of groping did not respond to messages seeking comment.

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Driver ‘unwilling to abide by court orders’ gets 2 years in jail

PITTSFIELD — A city man convicted by a jury for driving with a license suspended for drunken-driving offenses was sentenced Thursday to two years in jail.

The same jury on Tuesday acquitted Carlton W. Moore III, 48, of a fifth offense of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol from the same Oct. 21, 2017, traffic stop.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Jeffrey Clarke recommended the maximum sentence of 2 1/2 years in jail.

Moore’s attorney, Nathaniel Green, countered with a suggestion of sentencing his client to the 250 days of time served in custody awaiting trial.

In explaining his recommendation, Clarke noted that Moore has a conviction of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and operating a motor vehicle with a license suspended for OUI, from an October 2015 traffic stop that resulted in a sentence of up to 18 months.

Almost two years after that stop, Moore, who was out of jail, was stopped and charged again for the OUI and operating after suspension charges for which he went to trial this year.

Clarke said the state’s concern is that Moore will continue to drive and put the public at risk in defiance of court restrictions.

“(Moore) seems unwilling to abide by court orders,” Clarke said, adding that the fact his license is suspended for life has not stopped him from getting behind the wheel.

Green used the fact his client is a level two registered sex offender to demonstrate he can adhere to court orders. Green noted that Moore has been in compliance and has kept his registration current.

During the 250 days Moore has been in custody, Green said, he has availed himself of counseling, including the state’s Substance Abuse Treatment Opportunity (STOP) program.

“(Moore) has not been idle while he’s been at the House of Corrections,” Green said.

“He has people who believe in him,” Green said.

Green said the state’s sentencing guidelines on the operating after suspension charge call for a sentence of up to nine months, putting his 250-day recommendation toward the higher end of that range.

But Berkshire Superior Court Judge John Agostini imposed the two-year sentence amid concerns that Moore’s apparent alcohol problem, combined with a pattern of poor judgment, present a danger to the public.

Agostini went on to note that Moore likely will be released after about a year, which will leave another year in jail hanging over his head while on probation. The judge said that might act as a deterrent against violating his release conditions, driving or committing a new offense.

“I think he needs that and I think the community needs that,” Agostini said.

Green filed a motion for a hearing to have Moore’s sentence stayed, while he considers filing an appeal.

Moore will be held without bail pending that hearing, expected this month.

Retired City chief drove drunk

Desmond Racicot
PLATTSBURGH — Former Plattsburgh City Police Chief Desmond Racicot was arrested early Sunday and charged with driving while intoxicated.

According to the State Police blotter, Racicot, 48, was pulled over at 2:26 a.m. on Trafalgar Lane in the City of Plattsburgh.

He was charged with two misdemeanors — driving while intoxicated first offense and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 of 1 percent or higher.

And State Police gave him two infractions — unsafe turn, failure to signal; and operating a motor vehicle without inspection.

Racicot was given an appearance ticket.

He did not reply to phone and text messages asking for comment.

Racicot could be sentenced to a year in jail; $500 to $1,000 fine plus surcharge; an ignition interlock device on his car; six-month revocation of his driver’s license and, at the court’s discretion, participation in a STOP DWI Victims Impact Panel.

LONGTIME CHIEF

With 14 years under his belt, Racicot was one of the longest serving chiefs to ever head the City Police Department.

He was employed there for a total 27 years, with a salary of $118,652 at the time of his retirement.

Racicot gave up the job in January 2017 to take a position with Cisco Systems, an international security conglomerate headquartered in California.

He told the Press-Republican then that he looked forward to the opportunity to work from home and also travel some for that job.

Law enforcement agencies throughout Clinton County and statewide are in the midst of a crackdown on impaired driving, an effort launched every year around the Fourth of July holiday to make the roads safer.

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8 charged with BUI in boating crackdown

Joel Crabtree | Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
A game warden looks out onto Sebago Lake for boating activity. Last weekend, Maine wardens put in over 1,200 hours of work during a weekend of heightened awareness for drinking and boating.

During a three-day raised presence on the state’s lakes, rivers and ponds, Maine game wardens charged eight boaters with operating under the influence, and issued 100 summonses and 328 warnings for various boating violations, according to the Maine Warden Service.

Operation Dry Water, a campaign that started in 2009, is a national initiative aimed at decreasing the number of Americans who boat while impaired, according to the Operation Dry Water website.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said in a press release that 80 wardens participated in a three-day awareness event that kicked off Friday, June 29. “Those game wardens spent over 1,200 hours enforcing recreational boating activity, inspecting nearly 2,500 watercraft with 5,400 operators and passengers,” the press release stated.

The most common violations game wardens encountered had to do with safety equipment, registration requirements and safe operation. The wardens encountered close to 50 nonboating related violations as well, two of which included adults providing a location for minors to consume alcohol, according to the press release.

This three-day raised awareness event is always scheduled around the Fourth of July, a holiday usually associated with drinking, according to Operation Dry Water. According to Maine Game Warden Cpl. John MacDonald, good boating weather contributes to the number of people on the water, and to violations.

“More than anything it follows weather patterns,” MacDonald said.

The Fourth of July usually kicks off the summer boating season, which means wardens will still be on the water. “It isn’t just a matter of, ‘We’ve done it and now it’s done,’” MacDonald said.

8 charged with OUI in Maine boating crackdown