by Lake County News-Chronicle
April 12, 2013 at 6:29 am in Lake County News-Chronicle
Longtime Lake County Commissioner Derrick “Rick” Lee Goutermont pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol in Lake County Court on March 20. Continue Reading
Tags: county commissioner, DWI, Lake County 5 Comments »
This was not just a mistake. This was not just bad judgment. This was a serious, deliberate and potentially deadly error. There is no excuse for taking such a risk at .21 BAC (2 hours after arrest) or higher, based upon what could have happened to Mr. Goutermont or some other innocent person or family on the road.
How is it possible the second charge was dropped, and the final sentence was so light?
Progressive effects of alcohol according to level and impairment:
0.010–0.029: Average individual appears normal. Subtle effects can be detected with special tests
0.030–0.059 Mild euphoria, Relaxation, Joyousness, Talkativeness, Decreased inhibition,
0.06–0.09 Blunted feelings, Disinhibition, Extroversion, Reasoning, Depth perception,
Peripheral vision, Glare recovery
0.10–0.19 Over-expression, Emotional swings, Anger or sadness, Boisterousness,Decreased libido, Reflexes, Reaction time, Gross motor control, Staggering, Slurred speech, Temporary erectile dysfunction, Possibility of temporary alcohol poisoning
0.20–0.29 Stupor, Loss of understanding, Impaired sensations, Possibility of falling unconscious, Severe motor impairment, Loss of consciousness, Memory blackout
0.30–0.39 Severe central nervous system depression, Unconsciousness, Death is possible,
Bladder function, Breathing, Dysequilibrium, Heart rate
0.40–0.50 General lack of behavior, Unconsciousness, Breathing, Heart rate, Positional Alcohol Nystagmus
Greater than 0.50 High risk of poisoning, Possibility of death
Subtract approximately 0.01 every 40 minutes after drinking a standard measurement unit per given body weight. (one 12 oz. can of 5% beer; one 5 oz. glass of 12% wine; one 1.5 oz. shot of 80 proof/40% liquor).
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Interesting…Mr. Goutermont had a BAC of .19 when arrested, and then .21 two hours later. If he would have had a BAC of .21 or higher when arrested, it would have been considered an “aggravating factor” and would have been a 3rd degree DUI/DWI instead of a 4th degree DUI/DWI. The penalties are substantially higher for a 3rd degree offense. Must have had “one for the road”, which hadn’t quite gotten into his system when arrested? If not, I hate to even consider the alternative.
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Sorry for the typo, he had a .18 BAC when arrested, not .19 BAC. Wow, that is an increase of .03 over two hours to get to .21 BAC.
I’m sure there are defense attorneys aplenty reading this story and thinking how unfortunate it is that Mr. Goutermont didn’t give ’em a call, because there’s almost always something that can be done to shift he focus away from what their client did, and move it towards something “procedural” the officer did, or the alleged inaccuracy of BAC testing, or, well….pretty much anything else.
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ooops….typo. That should have read “shift THE focus”…
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