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Sen. Chuck Graham-D arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (Missouri)
Columbia Missourian ^ | 10/21/07

Posted on 10/21/2007 4:25:40 PM PDT by LdSentinal

COLUMBIA — Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after Columbia police said he rear-ended a vehicle in south Columbia.

At about 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Graham, 42, was driving on Green Meadows Road near his home when he rear-ended a vehicle stopped near the intersection of Green Meadows Road and Bethel Street, Columbia police Sgt. Lloyd Simons said. The vehicle Graham hit then hit a vehicle in front of it. The airbag in Graham’s vehicle deployed, and Graham was treated and released from University Hospital after complaining of pain in his arm, Simons said. The other drivers were not injured in the crash. Both of the vicims’ vehicles sustained minor damage, Simons said. Graham’s vehicle sustained moderate damage.

Ted Farnen, Graham’s spokesman, wrote in an e-mailed news release that police took Graham into custody while he was exchanging insurance information with the other drivers. When reached by phone on Sunday, he declined to elaborate on the incident.

Messages left for Graham at his home were not immediately returned.

Graham was left paralyzed from the neck down after he was injured in car accident when he was 16 years old, according to previous Missourian reports. Graham is serving his first term as state senator from the 19th district of Missouri, which includes Boone and Randolph counties. He previously served four terms in the Missouri House of Representatives. Graham earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987.

Graham was released from the Boone County Jail on Sunday morning after posting $500 bond.

Driving while intoxicated is a class B misdemeanor on the first offense and carries a penalty of up to six months in jail.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: democrat; drunk; missouri
The AP version of this story actually mentions that he is a Democrat.
1 posted on 10/21/2007 4:25:41 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal

that’s the trouble with drinking—

you can’t tell when to stop!


2 posted on 10/21/2007 4:26:59 PM PDT by ken21 ( people die + you never hear from them again.)
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To: ken21

3 posted on 10/21/2007 4:29:15 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal

let’s see if he is forced to step down if convicted....this is a lot worse than was Larry Craig ever did...


4 posted on 10/21/2007 4:29:20 PM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: LdSentinal

Just a thought...DUI is a bad idea even when you’re not a paraplegic. I’m guessing it’s a doubly bad idea when you are.


5 posted on 10/21/2007 4:30:27 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich!)
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To: God luvs America

Good point. I mean, Larry might have rear-ended some people, but I’m pretty sure he didn’t damage their cars in the process.


6 posted on 10/21/2007 4:32:11 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich!)
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To: LdSentinal
"Graham was left paralyzed from the neck down after he was injured in car accident when he was 16 years old"

And he's driving?

7 posted on 10/21/2007 4:33:56 PM PDT by joshhiggins
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To: RichInOC
...but I’m pretty sure he didn’t damage their cars in the process.

Just their caboose.

8 posted on 10/21/2007 4:35:28 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: LdSentinal
The AP version of this story actually mentions that he is a Democrat.

So did this version.

Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, was arrested...

9 posted on 10/21/2007 4:35:33 PM PDT by Tatze (I'm in a state of taglinelessness!)
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To: God luvs America
[L]et’s see if he is forced to step down if convicted....this is a lot worse than was Larry Craig ever did.

No, he's a member of the Congress with a (D) next to his name. That means he's immune from prosecution. Just ask Ted Kennedy.

10 posted on 10/21/2007 4:35:57 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: LdSentinal

This is a First!


11 posted on 10/21/2007 4:36:03 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: LdSentinal; fieldmarshaldj; Non-Sequitur; Kuksool; AuH2ORepublican; MplsSteve

Chuck Graham had been mentioned as a possible candidate for Congress, should Kenny Hulshof retire or resign. That’s up the creek.


12 posted on 10/21/2007 4:37:07 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (You can't be serious about national security unless you're serious about border security)
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To: RichInOC

I’ve never understood handicap parking places at liquor stores.


13 posted on 10/21/2007 4:38:15 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Donate.)
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To: LdSentinal
He looks "Shakin' N' Stir".

Better call "Moneypenny Kennedy".

Ten Dollars to a donut says he'll claim he was late for a vote and was under the influence of Ambien or whatever that sleeping pill is?

14 posted on 10/21/2007 4:38:37 PM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: LdSentinal
I wonder if he was tapping his toes before he rear ended someone.
15 posted on 10/21/2007 4:39:09 PM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: joshhiggins
And he's driving?

Drunk, no less.

16 posted on 10/21/2007 4:41:58 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake but Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: LdSentinal
He is paralyzed from the neck down and complained of arm pain?

Weird

17 posted on 10/21/2007 4:43:57 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: joshhiggins
And he's driving?

They say he has a good head on his shoulders.

18 posted on 10/21/2007 4:49:07 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (No to nitwit jesters with a predisposition of self importance and unqualified political opinions!)
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To: LdSentinal

From the Belleville News-Democrat:

Columbia Police Sgt. Dan Beckman said officers smelled intoxicants on Graham, noticed his eyes were watery and bloodshot and that he slurred his words and mumbled. Beckman said that according to a probable cause statement, Graham acknowledged consuming "a few" beers before driving.

Graham refused to submit to a breathlyzer exam and would not provide a blood sample.


19 posted on 10/21/2007 4:49:11 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: RichInOC

His arm isn’t the only thing that would be hurting if he hit me. His WALLET would be in SERIOUS PAIN after I got through suing the hell out of him. Damn hypocrite!!!


20 posted on 10/21/2007 4:52:21 PM PDT by cubreporter (Rush has done more for this country than any of us will ever know and is STILL wowing us!!!)
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To: Mark was here
I wonder if he was tapping his toes before he rear ended someone.

He's a quadriplegic (paralyzed from the neck down). I don't know how he could be tapping his toes, driving a car, or rear ending anyone.

Maybe he was the one getting "rear ended" when the accident happened.

21 posted on 10/21/2007 4:57:15 PM PDT by joshhiggins
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To: joshhiggins
And he's driving?

His Wikipedia entry says he's a paraplegic and a strong supporter of stem-cell research. It also mentions he was up for the US Senate in 2006, but dropped out in favor of Claire McCaskill. And it's already been updated to mention his current run-in.

22 posted on 10/21/2007 4:58:22 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: BallyBill
He is paralyzed from the neck down and complained of arm pain?

You caught that too!!!

23 posted on 10/21/2007 5:00:52 PM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (THE NEXT GENERATION CONSERVATIVE)
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To: cynwoody

If he’s a paraplegic then he’s not paralyzed from the “neck down”.


24 posted on 10/21/2007 5:01:50 PM PDT by joshhiggins
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To: joshhiggins
He's a quadriplegic (paralyzed from the neck down). I don't know how he could be tapping his toes, driving a car, or rear ending anyone.

Yuck, I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

25 posted on 10/21/2007 5:08:00 PM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: joshhiggins

In the photo, he certainly doesn’t look like any quadraplegic I have ever seen.


26 posted on 10/21/2007 5:13:59 PM PDT by basil (Support the Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: LdSentinal
nothing to see here - he's a democrat...


27 posted on 10/21/2007 5:15:57 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time" LINCOLN)
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To: Repeal 16-17
Just ask Ted Kennedy

and his son

28 posted on 10/21/2007 5:17:24 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time" LINCOLN)
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To: LdSentinal

Wasn’t the charge against Larry Craig attempted rear ending?


29 posted on 10/21/2007 5:18:09 PM PDT by Natural Law
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To: Tatze; LdSentinal

“So did this version.”

Pretty amazing the party affiliation got printed in The Missourian.

Here in Columbia, it’s sometimes called “the student paper”.

It’s good on the “artsy-fartsy” stuff and local-area entertainment,
but sort of a lightweight with the other sectors of journalism.


30 posted on 10/21/2007 5:27:15 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Clintonfatigued

Naah, he’s just making his bones. Now he needs to find a campaign worker to rape, and he’s in like Flynn. That’s what is known as a “Gooood Democrat.” ;-)


31 posted on 10/21/2007 5:27:52 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: joshhiggins
If he’s a paraplegic then he’s not paralyzed from the “neck down”.

Correct. "From the neck down" would be "quadriplegic". But you can't expect quality journalism these days, as we well know.

32 posted on 10/21/2007 5:36:45 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody

“Graham refused to submit to a breathlyzer exam and would not provide
a blood sample.”

I’m not a lawyer, but I wouldn’t be suprised that his declining the
breathalyzer and BAC test is part of a strategy to avoid the penalty
mentioned in the lead article. (Or maybe that’s the penalty for being
suspected of driving drunk and a collision results?).

But here’s what the MO Drivers Manual sez about not taking breathalyzer
or BAC tests:

http://dor.mo.gov/mvdl/drivers/dlguide/dlguide.pdf
p.78

If a police officer stops you and you refuse to take
a test to find out your BAC, your driver license will
be taken away for 1 year.
Your driver license may be reinstated if you:
Pay a $45 fee and
Submit a form showing you completed a Substance Abuse
Traffic Offender (SATOP) or comparable program.


33 posted on 10/21/2007 5:44:58 PM PDT by VOA
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To: RichInOC
Good point. I mean, Larry might have rear-ended some people, but I’m pretty sure he didn’t damage their cars in the process.

LOL!!!!

34 posted on 10/21/2007 5:47:06 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (DemocraticUnderground.com is an internet hate site.)
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To: VOA
Interesting to read. I wonder if he can get his license reinstated earlier if he gets the SATOP program done ?

I also looked at the MO point system thing. Kind of interesting. Get suspended for points, you have to do a SR-22. In most states, SR-22 is for alcohol relate offenses. I have two points (was three points before May 2007) for a speeding ticket I got there in May 2006. MO assigns points for tickets received in MO even by non-residents who hold non-MO licenses.
35 posted on 10/21/2007 6:41:25 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: God luvs America
He won't be convicted. He's a democrat. It'll be some lame excuse like prescription drugs.
36 posted on 10/21/2007 6:43:41 PM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
I’ve never understood handicap parking places at liquor stores.

Handicapped people are allowed to get liqueured up just as much as able bodied people.

However, neither should drive when liqueured up.

37 posted on 10/21/2007 6:53:10 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: LdSentinal
Chuck Graham is a D - but he also made sure that he was present at many Support-The -Troops rallys at the beginning of Iraq and Afghanistan fighting ... this was in spite of many Peace-Kooks that demanded he make statements opposing the wars.

I just got done reading this info from the Columbia Trib..... and then saw this here.

I'd like to see an "R" in place of Graham, but but he has my respect on some issues ...

I hate to see him caught up in a DUI

38 posted on 10/21/2007 7:15:39 PM PDT by rface (kooky inside and out)
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To: cynwoody
Graham refused to submit to a breathlyzer exam and would not provide a blood sample.

Is this standard practice? The cops just say "OK, well, I guess we can't charge you then?"

39 posted on 10/21/2007 7:18:12 PM PDT by ikka
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To: ikka; VOA
Is this standard practice? The cops just say "OK, well, I guess we can't charge you then?"

From VOA's post in #33:

http://dor.mo.gov/mvdl/drivers/dlguide/dlguide.pdf
p.78

If a police officer stops you and you refuse to take
a test to find out your BAC, your driver license will
be taken away for 1 year.
Your driver license may be reinstated if you:
Pay a $45 fee and
Submit a form showing you completed a Substance Abuse
Traffic Offender (SATOP) or comparable program.

It looks like his plan is (1) avoid conviction because of lack of evidence, (2) get the automatic 1-year suspension, (3) take a silly course, (4) pay $45 and get license back way before one year. With his connections, I'm sure it won't be a big deal (unless the voters remember in November).
40 posted on 10/21/2007 7:33:27 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody
It looks like his plan is (1) avoid conviction because of lack of
evidence, (2) get the automatic 1-year suspension, (3) take a silly
course, (4) pay $45 and get license back way before one year.
With his connections, I'm sure it won't be a big deal (unless the
voters remember in November).


As I said before, I'm no lawyer.
But you've stated my general speculation of Graham's actions.

BUT...maybe since a collision was involved, that bumps things
up. Perhaps that explains the more severe potential punishment
as listed in the last line of the lead article.

As for retribution at the polls...my naive guess is that is unlikely.

I've only been in Mid-Missouri a few years and the few times I've seen
Graham on TV he at least has the ability to act like a reasonable,
likeable person. Of course the Democratic Take-Back- The White House
plan is all about looking/acting sane before election 2008!

And I never had a clue that he had any sort of paralysis, but
that might be why I've only seen him in "shoulders-up" TV shots.
I suspect he won't have any problems with being re-elected:
he can get sympathy about his physical condition and this event
was "just a regretful indiscretion".

But of course, he might suffer from lack of "street cred" with
committed Democrats as his car didn't go into the water and
no attractive young females were drowned.
41 posted on 10/21/2007 7:45:51 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Clintonfatigued

He’ll go to rehab, get out and be called hero by the Dems handicapped caucus.In the meantime, he’ll sue the guy he hit for not having a handicap bumper.


42 posted on 10/21/2007 7:46:34 PM PDT by baiamonte
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To: BOBWADE

ping


43 posted on 10/21/2007 8:06:36 PM PDT by zip (((Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough become truth to 48% of all Americans (NRA)))))
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To: LdSentinal

“Graham was left paralyzed from the neck down ......and Graham was treated and released from University Hospital after complaining of pain in his arm”

How can a guy who is a quad ‘complain’ of arm pain?


44 posted on 10/22/2007 4:40:29 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatives live in the truth. Liberals live in lies.)
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To: God luvs America
let’s see if he is forced to step down if convicted....this is a lot worse than was Larry Craig ever did...

Demoncrats never step down - that would require a full pledge exorcism. Any party that has the Orca from Massachusetts as a leader won't look on this as anything bad.

45 posted on 10/22/2007 4:53:06 AM PDT by Smittie
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To: rface

The “D” stands for “Designated Victim” because all Democrats are victims of the vast right wing conspiracy.


46 posted on 10/23/2007 4:46:29 AM PDT by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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