Former state lawmaker Cary Allred finally spoke Wednesday after a week of statements, evidence, testimony, deliberation and guilty verdict at the superior court appeal case of his driving while impaired conviction in November. He did his talking to the Judge W. Osmond Smith before being sentenced to basically twice what he received after being found guilty in district court. It’ll be interesting to see what his 48 hours of community service might entail.
It was an apology to the police. Based on video evidence compiled by traffic stop video cameras, he probably owed the authorities that much if not more. It was an ugly scene in both places on the night of June 29, 2010. What was astonishing to many who watched the videos, is that Burlington police officers didn’t treat Allred more harshly. Surely, many said to themselves, had I spoken or treated the police that way, the outcome would’ve been different.
Perhaps. It’s impossible to know for sure unless you take the time to get arrested and taunt or lambaste the cops while they’re doing their job. I’m not going to take that chance.
Allred maintains he was not impaired, just angry. The jury believes he scammed the breath test, the foreman said. They didn’t buy the story. There is also some question about what condition it might be that keeps Allred from successfully completing the sobriety tests. Jurors didn’t believe his for-hire witness about either. I’m still puzzled by the “inner-ear (problem) or what have you.”
Here are the key quotes from the last day of the trial.
“I was not impaired. I was just angry because of incidents I’d had with Burlington police in the past. I’m guilty of losing my temper. I’m sorry I did that. I apologize to the Burlington police for that … I just cannot stand on one leg or walk with one foot in front of the other because of an inner-ear (problem) or what have you.”
Cary Allred to Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith prior to sentencing
“The jury thought if there would have been a blood test, it would have saved a lot of time. It’s not standard practice for the Burlington police department, we understand that. But it would have saved a lot of time and money if a blood test had been administered. He went to the hospital, stayed 10 minutes and didn’t take the time to stay and get the blood test done. Again, that all led us to believe that once he got to the hospital, he thought better of his choice to get blood test done: It would show his guilt.”
Chuck Hooper, jury foreman about Allred’s breath test and aborted effort to get a blood test on the night of his arrest.
“We felt like he was paid to say what he did. They did a test outside (the presence of the) jury. That wasn’t performed for us, it wasn’t taped, we had no doctors and no medical form telling us he couldn’t perform those tests.”
Hooper about the testimony of hired witness Doug Scott