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Driver racks up 2 DWI charges in single night...
News Observer ^ | Saturday, August 30, 2003 | Oren Dorrel

Posted on 08/30/2003 8:32:30 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55

By OREN DORELL, Staff Writer

A Raleigh man was arrested twice Friday morning on charges of drunken driving -- once after an accident and again three hours later after returning to his car and driving it away from where it was parked. "It was absolutely terrible," Sougata Mukherjee , editor of the Triangle Business Journal, said Friday afternoon, summing up a night that began at Sullivan's Steakhouse on Glenwood Avenue. "This is the first time something like this has happened to me." Mukherjee's first arrest occurred after his 2001 Nissan Pathfinder rear-ended a 2001 Saab driven by Winston Cavin, a News & Observer night metro editor who was on his way home from work. There were no injuries.

The accident occurred near the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Lead Mine Road at 12:34 a.m., Raleigh Police Officer C.M. Warner wrote on Mukherjee's arrest warrant.

According to court documents, Mukherjee, 39, of 8910-210 Half Moon Court in Raleigh, smelled of alcohol and registered 0.16 on a breath test -- twice the legal limit. He was transported to the Wake County jail, where his license was seized and revoked because of the DWI charge, and he was released on a written promise to appear.

It is not clear where he went from there, but about 3:45 a.m., Mukherjee was behind the wheel of his Nissan again when he was stopped by the same officer at Creedmoor and Lynn roads in North Raleigh, according to a second arrest report.

That time, he registered 0.11 on the breath test. He was arrested and booked on a second DWI charge and on a charge of driving while his license was revoked, according to court records. His car was seized.

Mukherjee's driving record is otherwise clean in North Carolina, according to Division of Motor Vehicles records. A single DWI conviction usually carries a minimum sentence of 24 hours in jail or a treatment program and a one-year license revocation.

Asked why he returned to his car, Mukherjee replied, "I was in total shock. I don't know."

After the second arrest, he was placed in the pretrial release program, a court-administered program that enforces court dates and good behavior with the threat of jail time. He was released into the custody of a sober adult sometime after 7 a.m.

Mukherjee said he told his boss about the incident but has not learned whether there will be any consequences.

Staff writer Oren Dorell can be reached at 829-8963 or odorell@newsobserver.com.


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1 posted on 08/30/2003 8:32:31 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: mhking
"Just Damn!"
2 posted on 08/30/2003 8:33:16 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Just damn.

If you want on the new list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

3 posted on 08/30/2003 8:35:14 PM PDT by mhking
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To: ConservativeMan55
Rule number 1 in socialist destroy your life criminal slavery America: Never ever drive drunk with cops on the prawl for over 5,000 dollars worth of fines in one stop.
4 posted on 08/30/2003 8:37:23 PM PDT by Porterville (I spell stuff wrong sometimes.... get over yourself, you're not that great.)
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To: Porterville

5 posted on 08/30/2003 8:38:00 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55
I knew a guy that used to work with my husband that got 2 in one weekend, but not 2 on the same night.

I can't believe they let him go. My younger brother got one in Raleigh and I'm pretty sure he stayed in jail all night and it was his 1st DWI.
6 posted on 08/30/2003 8:38:08 PM PDT by rangerwife
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To: ConservativeMan55
Kind of puts a face on the expression "two-time loser", doesn't it?
7 posted on 08/30/2003 8:38:44 PM PDT by Imal (The World According to Imal: http://imal.blogspot.com)
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To: rangerwife
In fact, I know he did because our dad had to bail him out.
8 posted on 08/30/2003 8:39:04 PM PDT by rangerwife
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To: ConservativeMan55
Hey, I resemble that:)
9 posted on 08/30/2003 8:39:15 PM PDT by Porterville (I spell stuff wrong sometimes.... get over yourself, you're not that great.)
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To: rangerwife
They let him go because he "promised"

I've seen on COPS TV Show before where they let somebody go and then found them later and arrested them.
10 posted on 08/30/2003 8:39:18 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Porterville
LOL!!!
11 posted on 08/30/2003 8:39:44 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Porterville

12 posted on 08/30/2003 8:40:55 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55
Sounds like he's got Kitty Dukakis syndrome.
13 posted on 08/30/2003 8:42:42 PM PDT by South40 (Get Right Or Get Left)
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To: South40
LOL! If he had run it off the road into a lake maybe Ted Kennedy syndrome!!


14 posted on 08/30/2003 8:43:36 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55
Yeah, I've seen that happen on COPS too. Crazy! Guess my brother didn't "promise". I shouldn't be joking about it, because it caused a lot of problems for him, my family, not only emotionally but also financially. He got busted leaving the Brent Rd. party at State and he lived on Gorman. He probably could've walked home.
15 posted on 08/30/2003 8:43:44 PM PDT by rangerwife
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To: ConservativeMan55
Oh man, I know that feeling.... that's why I had to get a steady girlfriend, I couldn't trust my judgement anymore.
16 posted on 08/30/2003 8:44:56 PM PDT by Porterville (I spell stuff wrong sometimes.... get over yourself, you're not that great.)
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To: ConservativeMan55
This guy is clearly an amateur. It's Labor Day weekend so any real drunk knows to stay off the road.
17 posted on 08/30/2003 8:45:08 PM PDT by byteback (Don't vote for a proven loser)
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To: rangerwife
Yep. The thing is it could have been a lot worse if he had hit somebody.
18 posted on 08/30/2003 8:45:27 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Porterville
I don't drink myself. I never have. I just drink water.
:)
19 posted on 08/30/2003 8:46:30 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55

20 posted on 08/30/2003 8:48:14 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55
I agree with you there!
21 posted on 08/30/2003 8:48:24 PM PDT by rangerwife
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To: ConservativeMan55

August 30, Hyannisport, MA: Senator Ted Kennedy Admitted to a Boston Area Hospital Following an "Unidentified Health Incident."


22 posted on 08/30/2003 8:49:07 PM PDT by South40 (Get Right Or Get Left)
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To: South40
They should take away Ted Kennedy's driving license...and put him in jail!
23 posted on 08/30/2003 8:50:02 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: rangerwife
Here's one; the town I lived in has a Mardi Gras once a year and promotes it all over the state and town with parades and flashing girls and all the good stuff. I had 6-8 beers over 6 hours of time. I told my friend to drive my car home and that I would walk, b/c there were just too many girls. I walked home, was 1 block from my apartment. A little short red headed cop stopped me, arrested me, and wouldn't give me a breathelizer... he took me to the sheriff department where I continued to ask for a breathelizer, they said they didn't have to because they were just holding me. The put me in a drunk tank with violent thugs till morning, made me walk home. It got dismissed, but there was absolutely no justice in the event, it just left me bitter.
24 posted on 08/30/2003 8:50:51 PM PDT by Porterville (I spell stuff wrong sometimes.... get over yourself, you're not that great.)
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To: ChadGore
Bump!
25 posted on 08/30/2003 8:53:12 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Porterville
Wow! Thats strange that they would do that! Probably trying to scare you.
26 posted on 08/30/2003 8:53:35 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55
That is just the state of affairs in America today... try walking down your street with a bottle of beer... The cops would stop you and treat you as if you were some kind of evil spector from hell... now do that in any other country in the world... I love cops, I know it's a tuff job, but they are encouraged to destroy everyone blindly. That incedent can have a real impact on my life becuase I want to work in the public sector, but I won't let it stop me, I just have to do a little more than the average guy.
27 posted on 08/30/2003 8:58:36 PM PDT by Porterville (I spell stuff wrong sometimes.... get over yourself, you're not that great.)
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To: Porterville
Yeah I know. We should arm the citizens more and arm the cops less!!
28 posted on 08/30/2003 9:00:45 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Porterville
I can understand why you would be bitter after that experience. I would be too!
29 posted on 08/30/2003 9:01:19 PM PDT by rangerwife
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To: rangerwife
I can't believe they wouldn't let him write a "promise" letter.
30 posted on 08/30/2003 9:03:19 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55
I want to know how this guy didn't get held for the rest of the night after the first stop. Do they not have drunk tanks in North Carolina?
31 posted on 08/30/2003 9:10:15 PM PDT by RichInOC (Is it October 7 yet?)
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To: ConservativeMan55
They should take away Ted Kennedy's driving license...and put him in jail!

They have, twice that I know of -- once after Chappaquiddick. I remember seeing him get into the back seat of someone's VW Bug after church. My parents were Catholic and we used to attend the same church, summers although they usually went to later services for obvious reasons... Ted was lean then, but he is still a big guy, he's a bad fit in a VW back seat.

The women of the family were worse drunks than the men. Ted's wife Joan was a terrible alcoholic. Eunice Shriver was worse.

I have a degree of sympathy. I have alcoholics in my family, too. It tends to run in families (genetic predisposition?) I don't know, but I'm very leery of booze.

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F

32 posted on 08/30/2003 9:13:44 PM PDT by Criminal Number 18F
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To: RichInOC
I guess not. This seems strange as North Carolina is a pretty respectable place from what I've heard.
33 posted on 08/30/2003 9:14:43 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55
Hey, the guy is obviously getting better, he only blew a 0.11 the second time. </sarcasm>
34 posted on 08/30/2003 9:15:27 PM PDT by Heatseeker
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To: Heatseeker
LOL!!
35 posted on 08/30/2003 9:16:33 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Criminal Number 18F
What are the implications of getting arrested...on someone's position of holding elective office?
36 posted on 08/30/2003 9:18:50 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55
I thought DUI'ers spent the night in jail.....
37 posted on 08/30/2003 9:19:38 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Boom Boom! Out go the lights!" - Pat Travers)
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To: Dan from Michigan
Union Thugs should be thrown in jail for taking public money and using it for political purposes.
38 posted on 08/30/2003 9:20:55 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55
Don't get me started on them. I nearly got in a fight with them last time I had a run in with them. If the cops wern't around, I would have.
39 posted on 08/30/2003 9:23:49 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Boom Boom! Out go the lights!" - Pat Travers)
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To: Dan from Michigan
Damned Unions. Could you help me find some stuff on different Unions. All their illegal activites?
40 posted on 08/30/2003 9:25:11 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Porterville
I can't think of anywhere that you can walk down the street carrying a bottle of beer.

Even in New Orleans, where you can walk down the street with an alcoholic beverage in your hand, you need to put it in a plastic "go cup" because of the risk of broken glass.

You can do like the winos do and wrap a brown paper bag around your bottle, but I don't think that fools anybody.

Bottom line, put your drink in a plastic cup.

Or you can stay home, you probably won't get in trouble that way.
41 posted on 08/30/2003 9:34:12 PM PDT by CobaltBlue (Never voted for a Democrat in my life.)
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To: CobaltBlue
Yeah, but why shouldn't a person be allowed to walk down the street with a bottle of beer like in most civilized nations???
42 posted on 08/30/2003 9:37:20 PM PDT by Porterville (I spell stuff wrong sometimes.... get over yourself, you're not that great.)
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To: rangerwife
Never been to Mardi Gras in California but I am from New Orleans originally and used to volunteer with the ACLU (I know, I know, booo hisss) during Mardi Gras to work with the police getting drunk tourists out of jail and on their way. The cops don't really want to keep them but they aren't going to put sloppy drunks back on the street, period. They get guys falling down, vomiting, urinating all over themselves, passing out in the middle of the street. They're subject to being victimized, "rolled," robbed, and cause no end of trouble.

If you never heard of "rolling a drunk" it's robbing them blind, sometimes even taking their shoes and their clothes.

Most people who have been arrested have a different story to tell than the arresting officer, you can make book on it.
43 posted on 08/30/2003 9:39:23 PM PDT by CobaltBlue (Never voted for a Democrat in my life.)
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To: Porterville
I don't know about "civilized nations," I am from the USA and the least civilized place I've ever been is my home town, New Orleans. You can't carry a beer bottle in New Orleans because the drunks drop the beer bottles, they break, and everybody cuts their feet. It makes a mess.

Back when I was a student at LSU, the frat boys carried around beer bottles after the football games and smashed them everywhere. Fun for frat boys, not fun for townies.

Probably the same every place you have frat boys.

People who come to the US from Latin America get culture shock. They think they can stand around with beer bottles with their compadres on Friday night, just like back home.

Here in Fairfax, they get arrested. The local defense bar calls it "Hispanic in public." $50 fine. Next!
44 posted on 08/30/2003 9:44:40 PM PDT by CobaltBlue (Never voted for a Democrat in my life.)
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To: CobaltBlue
I was arrested walking home with a buzz, and continually asked for a sobriety test, a breathalyzer anything...I wasn’t walking home wit a beer or anything like that. … I was dressed real nice, I was in good shape, there was no reason to take me to jail and treat me so poorly.
45 posted on 08/30/2003 9:48:07 PM PDT by Porterville (I spell stuff wrong sometimes.... get over yourself, you're not that great.)
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To: CobaltBlue
If you ever been anywhere else in the world, you'd know that people are allowed more freedom without harassment from the Police Department looking to fine people for every infraction... you know why??? Because they don't have money in other nations, so the cops don't bother on the small stuff.
46 posted on 08/30/2003 9:50:00 PM PDT by Porterville (I spell stuff wrong sometimes.... get over yourself, you're not that great.)
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To: Porterville
I wasn't there, so don't can't judge.

My own brother got busted in New Orleans in a very bad situation. He was talking with a girl in a bar, and a couple of guys took exception to him paying attention to this particular woman. One thing led to another, he wound up stepping into an alley to discuss the matter (very bad move) and they beat the stuffing out of him, then arrested him for resisting arrest (yeah, they were cops).

I tried to bail him out as soon as possible - sorry, it was overnight, could't get a judge to let him out before regular arraignment and I did try calling a judge at his residence - they let him out without bail at dawn like it was a drunk type arrest.

The DA offered to drop the charges if he'd agree not to sue them for violating his civil rights. I was a first year law student, listened to the advice of a lawyer I knew and advised him to do it. Now that I am a lawyer, I wouldn't.

Yes, cops abuse their discretion.

On the other hand, the reason they have so much discretion is because it is an ultra difficult job, one of the hardest in the world. So, sometimes we give too much slack to the bad ones. Makes it hard on the good ones. But, I believe, for the most part they are good.
47 posted on 08/30/2003 10:19:31 PM PDT by CobaltBlue (Never voted for a Democrat in my life.)
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To: CobaltBlue
Sure the good, my brother is a cop, but the point is many police agencies encourage a certain behavior, a system of abuse.
48 posted on 08/30/2003 10:24:35 PM PDT by Porterville (I spell stuff wrong sometimes.... get over yourself, you're not that great.)
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To: Porterville
"Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely." Sound familiar?

Doesn't feel good to be on the receiving end. Sorry you had to go through that.
49 posted on 08/30/2003 10:55:46 PM PDT by CobaltBlue (Never voted for a Democrat in my life.)
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