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05-27-09, 08:04 PM #1
Drunk guy gets into multiple wrecks, tries to escape from police. Hope he knows a good attorney. Oh wait, he is one...
DESTIN - Local defense attorney Robert Scott Whitehead was arrested and faces multiple charges in connection with two motor vehicle accidents in Destin on Saturday night.
Whitehead, who is 38, was charged with DUI with property damage and personal injury, refusing to submit to a blood alcohol test and leaving the scene of a traffic crash. This was the second time he has been charged with refusing to submit to a blood alcohol test, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office press release.
Investigators say Whitehead, of Furling Lane in Destin, hit a car at the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and Scenic Highway 98 and then hit another vehicle near The Track. The accidents caused major traffic back-ups.
One of the accidents was a head-on collision, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office incident report. No one was injured in that vehicle, the report said.
Whitehead told the deputy he was not injured, but the deputy noted he appeared to be heavily intoxicated. His face was "slightly red," his eyes were "glassy" and "watery" and his speech was slurred and difficult to understand.
"I don't want to go to jail," Whitehead said, during the traffic investigation.
When the fire department arrived on scene and tried to check on Whitehead, he attempted to put the vehicle into gear to drive away, according to the report. The deputies and one of the firefighters managed to turn the vehicle off and take away the keys.
Whitehead told the deputy he was unable to find his driver's license, registration or proof of insurance, the report states. After repeated attempts to locate the documents, he found his registration and proof of insurance.
He refused to submit to field sobriety tests and had trouble finding his shoes and putting them on, according to the report. The deputy finally put one of his sandals on for him, but they were unable to locate the other one, it states.
He said he could walk on his own but had trouble getting to the patrol car, according to the report. Once there, he struggled to get into the vehicle, lying down on his left side and kicking his feet "as if to push off an object that was not there," the report noted.
On the way to jail, Whitehead asked the deputy if he was OK. Getting out of the car, he stumbled and fell against the deputy, pushing him against the wall, the offense report states. He refused to submit to a breath test and later asked the deputy to call him a cab, it states.
He was booked into the county jail.
According to his law firm's Web site, Whitehead's firm specializes in civil litigation and criminal and family law including drug cases and DUIs.
05-27-09, 08:06 PM #2
I suppose he will try to act as his own attorney in the matter?
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05-27-09, 09:47 PM #3
05-28-09, 02:25 AM #4
At least he can now tell his clients "I know how you feel" and "I understand"'Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a
delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly
promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which
holds forth the proposition that it is entirely
possible to pick up a turd by the clean end!'
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05-28-09, 09:09 AM #5
Maybe he's doing research for a case (of Budweiser).SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
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