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State Rep Candidate Randy Peterson’s DUI was more than twice the legal limit –

Paris, IL. (ECWd) –

The reporting on Randy Peterson’s candidacy by the News-Gazette, which reported Peterson’s ’03 DUI arrest as having “a preliminary blood test said he had a blood alcohol content of 0.156, as detected by a portable breath alcohol test device”  while it may be factually true, the complete truth of the DUI conviction was that Peterson’s BAC was actually 0.162, or more than twice the legal limit.

This is an important distinction, in that some people may have thought it was just a little over the limit and should be dismissed as not important, however, with more than twice the legal limit – it shows just how irresponsible he was to think he could get hammered and drive home while risking the lives of everyone else on the road. Other observations of the arresting officer were: “Driving completely in wrong lane of travel, red-watery eyes, strong odor of alcohol, mumbled speech, failed all field sobriety tests…

So, if Peterson has “learned from his mistakes” and it is “all in his past” maybe he should insist on accurate reporting.

I sent the News-Gazette reporter a copy of the actual ticket and BAC printout the day after the article was posted, but it doesn’t appear he made any attempt at correcting his story.

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4 replies »

  1. Seems that 0.162 years ago is not exactly making it a HUGE find. He was driving impaired, no argument about that but, the fact that these NEW findings made it TWICE over the legal limit was the point you wanted to make. It is more important to me, as far as his ability to do the job he is seeking. It would be far more important, to me, to know if this is a habitual occurrence, is he a fair man and has he shown, since 2003, that he did learn his lesson, and has he been a good family man and a productive member of his community and his party. (which is not my party, I just hate the nit picking on all sides)

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