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State Police trooper in DUI case resigns…unintended consequences of a DUI

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2015 | Firm News |

I was reading the news today when I came across the article about a police officer who was removed from his job because of a DUI arrest.

Unintended consequences… it is one of the most appropriate terms for a San Diego DUI. Does someone’s decision making need to be scrutinized by their employer if someone gets a San Diego DUI?

A San Diego DUI comes with so many penalties. Some of which happen while the individual walks into court.

I have written in previous articles about DMV license suspensions, San Diego DUI fines, and DUI education courses.

However, today we focus on an individual’s job. There are some professions (Nurses, teachers, police) who have to go through a process when receiving a San Diego DUI. Some jobs take it on a case-by-case basis. Should they?

On one hand people would say that individual’s decision making is in question and it needs to be determined they should continue with their job. On the other hand, who here has not gone out and had a fun time? Could it be a borderline blood alcohol level and just a drive into checkpoint a few miles from home? Were they even impaired? Has the individual shown any signs of alcohol abuse or bad decision making before? The facts should be taken into consideration and not act with a knee-jerk reaction.

It is a valid argument and a case can be made for both sides. I as an employer would ensure that any criminal charge would be brought to my attention. We then would look over the facts to see if there are any flags.

In any event, the unintended consequences of a San Diego DUI go far beyond the DMV and the courts. It can stretch all the way to your livelihood. Below is an article on the issue. Enjoy the day.

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A Vermont State Police trooper accused of driving his police cruiser while under the influence of alcohol and on duty has resigned, Vermont State Police spokesman Scott Waterman confirmed Wednesday.

Waterman told the Burlington Free Press that Trooper Eric Rademacher announced his resignation on Wednesday morning.

“Vermont State Police Director Colonel Tom L’Esperance and Commissioner of Public Safety Keith Flynn accepted his resignation effective immediately,” Waterman wrote in a news release, issued shortly after the confirmation.

Rademacher, 27, of Mendon pleaded not guilty on Monday to a single DUI charge, and he was released on conditions.

In a prepared statement provided through his lawyer David Sleigh, Rademacher said he submitted his resignation “reluctantly.”

“I have proudly served as a Trooper for more than two years,” he said. “However, given the current circumstances and the consequent limitations on my ability to adequately serve, I have elected to resign my position out of respect for the Vermont State Police and the people of the State of Vermont.”

Rademacher had been hired by the Vermont State Police in January 2013, and he had been working in the Rutland barracks since last September.

Sleigh emphasized that Rademacher still denies the criminal charge, and that his resignation should not be analyzed as his admitting criminal conduct.

“His resignation was prompted by his assessment that under the shadow of these accusations, he simply couldn’t function adequately as a Vermont state trooper,” Sleigh said.

Sleigh said his client has been mulling over the resignation decision “for some time.”

“This whole process is agonizing for him,” Sleigh said.

Rademacher responded to a two-vehicle crash in Killington and later to a domestic fight in Shrewsbury the morning of March 2, court papers state. He was suspended at noon that day after his patrol commander administered a breath test.

State Trooper Seth Richardson had reported smelling alcohol on Rademacher’s breath while they investigated a family fight. A preliminary roadside test showed Rademacher had an alcohol level of 0.085 percent at 9:15 a.m. in Shrewsbury, a court affidavit stated.

A subsequent court-approved test at the state police barracks in Rutland showed Rademacher’s alcohol level at 0.043 percent at 10:56 a.m. – more than six hours after the state trooper first signed on duty from home when called out for a two-car crash on U.S. 4 in Killington, police stated.

A state chemist estimates Rademacher’s alcohol level was 0.135 percent when he got called out from home shortly after 4:30 a.m. for the crash.

Rademacher’s attorney Sleigh has maintained that the calculation of Rademacher’s breath test was inaccurate. He said his client completed rehabilitation successfully while on paid administrative leave, and that he and his client are working toward potential trial.

The full article can be found here.

If you are charged with a San Diego DUI or other Criminal offense, you need to call our firm immediately. We are available to take action on your case today. Please email or call us at 858-751-4384 or email me at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation. The key is to be proactive.

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