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March 16, 2005

I bet he gets unemployment

Police ticketed Roger Ashley, 41, last Saturday afternoon after an accident at Signal Knob Lane and Old Valley Pike in Strasburg, Virginia. His blood-alcohol level at the time of his arrest was 0.29, according to the arrest warrant — more than three times Virginia’s 0.08 legal limit. He was released on a personal recognizance bond after his driver's license was suspended.

At 7:05 p.m., dispatchers notified Strasburg Police Officer C.L. Bodkin that Ashley was driving from Middletown to Strasburg in a black Ford Explorer, according to Bodkin’s criminal complaint. 

“I was sitting at Signal Knob Lane and Mr. Ashley drove by me. I stopped him,” the complaint states. “He got out of his vehicle staggering. He had a strong odor of alcoholic beverages on his breath.” 

Bodkin asked Ashley to take some field sobriety tests, but Ashley said it wasn’t necessary because he was still drunk, Bodkin’s criminal complaint states. ... 

Ashley eventually took an Alco-Sensor test, charting a 0.25 blood-alcohol level.  Bodkin then arrested Ashley for driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. Ashley was taken to the Shenandoah County Jail.  The charges are Class 1 misdemeanors, each of which is punishable by up to 12 months in jail or a $2,500 fine. A trial has been set for April 11.

Ashley is now in danger of losing his job -- as Chief of police of the nearby town of Middetown, Virginia.

Ya think?

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 16, 2005 10:35 AM

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