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Lawmaker pleads guilty to DWI

Posted July 23, 2008

— State Rep. Joe Boylan pleaded guilty Wednesday to drunken driving in connection with an April wreck.

Boylan, R-Moore, was charged with driving while impaired on April 10 when his car ran into a ditch on a rural road outside Cameron. His blood-alcohol was measured at 0.17, which is more than twice the state's 0.08 legal limit of intoxication.

He was given a 60-day suspended sentence and was placed on probation for 12 months and ordered to perform 24 hours of community service. He also must install an ignition locking system in his car to prevent him from driving after drinking.

Boylan, who lost his re-election bid in May, said in an interview shortly after his arrest that he has battled alcohol problems and was working to overcome it.


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  • give me no quarter Jul 24, 2008

    The DWI laws in the state of NC are not designed to curb drunk drivers. They are designed to generate revenue for the state. As with anything in politics, its all about the money. The insurance companies get rich, the State gets rich and the drunk drivers keep on driving. If you are poor you may be looking at some jail time after the fourth or fifth conviction. If you have a little money you can drive until you kill somebody and even then prison time is based on the size of your pocketbook.

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  • Lit Jul 24, 2008

    He got zero jail time...pathetic...

  • OrdinaryCitizen Jul 23, 2008

    "The cop bashing never ends. So three times you were told you were too drunk to drive but you weren't arrested? Riiiiiiight. Most people submit to a breath test. So you can say cops lie, but the BAC usually tells the tale."

    Just hope your not put in same position. BTW - I don't drink and drive cause I know this state is serious and kisses MADD tosh. I guess you don't believe Cops hang outside of bars and watch? If you don't believe then you need a serious reality pill.

  • Common Sense Man Jul 23, 2008

    The cop bashing never ends. So three times you were told you were too drunk to drive but you weren't arrested? Riiiiiiight. Most people submit to a breath test. So you can say cops lie, but the BAC usually tells the tale.

  • OrdinaryCitizen Jul 23, 2008

    CrewMax, Is there a missing part of the story? I've heard a similar story but it was a funny joke ending of the driver acting drunk to get everyone else out of trouble. Maybe I read it wrong.

    If the story ends that way then a REAL cop would have gotten have stopped the drunk suspect before he got into the car. Thats the difference I see between a good cop vs. a bad cop.

  • CrewMax Jul 23, 2008

    Recently a routine police patrol parked outside a bar in Paris,
    Tennessee. After last call the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely walk.

    The man stumbled around the parking lot for a few minutes, with the officer quietly observing. After what seemed an eternity in which he tried his keys on five different vehicles, the man managed to find his car and fall into it. He sat there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off.

    Finally, he started the car, switched the wipers on and off--it was a fine, dry summer night--, flicked the blinkers on and off a couple of times, honked the horn and then switched on the lights. He moved the vehicle forward a few inches, reversed a little and then remained still for a few more minutes as some more of the other patrons' vehicles left. At last, when his was the only car left in the parking lot, he pulled out and drove slowly down the road.

    The police officer, having waited patiently

  • GasHogg69 Jul 23, 2008

    You're right ordinary citizen, cops harrass and they do lie! It's a big risk to even have two, but my social life would be over without a couple of beers at the bar or the hockey game.
    I was pulled over in San Franciso one time and accused of being on drugs. Only one problem, I don't do drugs.

  • OrdinaryCitizen Jul 23, 2008

    I disagree with "don't drink and drive" -- that's defacto prohibition. But I limit myself to two and drive extra careful because of the MADD witch-hunt going on.

    Seriously, don't drink at all. Cops will get you regardless if you watch your intake. I didn't have anything and was told I was drunk.

  • OrdinaryCitizen Jul 23, 2008

    "I also have a problem with the fees and the punishment."

    Don't drive while impaired and you won't have to worry about it.

    Look, I've been pulled over 3 times and harrassed by cops and given a breathlizer and told I was to drunk to drive home. One problem with this scenerio - I was the Designated Driver and didn't have anything to drink. Cops harrass