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02-04-10, 01:25 PM #1
Woman who accused Holland attorney of sex crime still faces drunken driving charge
HOLLAND -- Despite her claims that she was given a plea deal in exchange for sex with a former deputy city attorney, a 21-year-old woman will still face charges of drunken driving.
The woman did not show up for a motion hearing Wednesday in Holland District Court where her attorney, Michael Risko, argued that a police officer did not have sufficient cause to conduct a field sobriety test after allegedly observing her speeding, walking unsteadily and swaying as she talked after approaching the officer in the parking lot of the Family Fare, 1185 South Washington Ave., just after 2 a.m. on Oct. 17.
Zeeland City Attorney James Donkersloot argued that since the officer made numerous observations of suspicious behavior before coming into contact with the woman, he had more than enough cause to conduct the test.
District Court Judge Brad Knoll agreed with Donkersloot, and rejected the motion to throw out the charge.
The woman allegedly had a 0.24 percent blood-alcohol level when arrested -- three times the legal limit for driving. She was originally charged with the more serious crime of operating under the influence.
She later claimed then-deputy Holland City Attorney Carl Gabrielse offered to reduce her charges in exchange for sex in a courthouse bathroom, which occurred on Nov. 2.
Can you guess the outcome?
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