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Snohomish County Councilman Pleads Guilty to DUI

Posted by Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney | Jan 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Politics of Drinking and Driving
Washington drunk driving laws are designed to apply to all drivers in the state. That includes the politicians who grandstand on the back of those convicted of crimes.

One lawmaker seems to be taking responsibility for his actions. Shonomish County Councilman Brian Sullivan pled guilty this week to DUI charges in Skagit County.

Sullivan was pulled over by police near Mukilteo Speedway around 8pm on July 26 after his car had reportedly been weaving all over the roadway. He told officers he had been drinking wine starting at about 3:30 that afternoon; and his blood alcohol content was tested to be around .16, which is twice the legal limit in Washington.

On Tuesday, Sullivan entered a guilty plea and was ordered to pay a $900 fine and a $223 court fee, and also to serve one day in jail. In addition, he will remain on probation for five years and have an ignition interlock switch installed on his vehicle. The case was moved from Mukilteo to Skagit County to avoid any conflict of interest.

The councilman is a former Mukilteo mayor and state lawmaker. He apologized to his community and his children, and thanked the judge at his sentencing as well. It's certainly commendable that Sullivan seems to be holding himself accountable for what occurred.

May this case be a lesson to those lawmakers who grandstand and demonize "those drunk drivers" who they use to get elected.  May their judgment when passing laws that affect his constituents also affect themselves.

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