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Former Brokerage Officer Offers Bribe to Police to Escape DUI

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers. A 2006 study by the NHTSA estimated that there is one drunk driving fatality in the United States every 30 minutes.


Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Georgia DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.


The 44-year-old former chief financial officer of a collapsed brokerage firm, offered a state trooper $1,000 to let him go after being pulled over for DUI.


According to the police report the man told the trooper that the federal government would be angry "about his arrest because he was a big deal." He also said that his arrest would "make the front page of the newspaper" and the trooper would be "a big shot."


The man pleaded guilty to fraud in 2008 and was cooperating with prosecutors in their cases against other former brokerage executives. One of the largest Wall Street scandals before the financial crisis, the brokerage firm collapsed in 2005 after disclosing that its chief executive had hidden millions of dollars in bad debt from the company's auditors and investors.


The driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.198 and 0.213 percent, more than twice the legal limit. He was charged with driving while under the influence, with property damage.


If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith's book, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia