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Tuesday, January 8

Murphy on Dennis Drue

I talked to DA James A. Murphy III today, asking him about David Jelenik, who I had heard was supposed to be in court today (The story for that will be found here when I write it in about 15 minutes), but we got off on the topic of Dennis Drue, the driver who allegedly caused an accident killing two Shen students and injured one other and a Shaker student. He was indicted yesterday on 59 counts for the accident.

He posted his $100,000 bail bond and last night he also turned over his shotgun — a requirement of his arraignment. He is expected to turn over BOTH of his licenses (One for Dennis Drue and the other for Dennis Toomer, which was his former name) today. They were revoked, also as a requirement of bail.

In our conversation, he said he got a lot of questions from reporters yesterday about why his driving record was relevant to his bail, since Murphy argued he represented a “substantial flight risk.”

He said Drue didn’t show up to court for five of the 13 speeding tickets he was issued in four and a half years. 

Whether that translates to skipping out on manslaughter charges I don't know, but Murphy said the driving record was relevant.

“Our purpose in bringing up his four accidents and his miserable DMV record is to try to show his character, his failure to make court appearances and that he tends to put himself above everyone else,” he said.

Monday, Drue’s attorney, Stephen Coffey, maintained his client did not commit any crime in the crash, regardless of his driving record. He said his client was being made a “scapegoat” by the DA for the accident.

“I’m simply saying, reality is that the public’s perception, because of this terrible accident, is that he is guilty. In fact, a couple hundred years ago we wouldn’t even need a trial because we got a tree, some rope and that’s all you need,” he said.

Early blood-alcohol tests show Drue was not legally drunk behind the wheel. Murphy said blood-tests indicated he had “active” THC in his system, indicating he had recently smoked marijuana and it was still working in his system during the crash, and he had SOME alcohol, so they charged the “driving while ability impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol” charge, which doesn’t require a specific BAC or level of THC. 

Anyway, below is his driving record and the indictment. 
Drue Indictment, Driving Record

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This young man should never be allowed to drive again. When he speeds, it's well over the limit, and he doesn't seem to learn from his mistakes. He needs serious psychological counseling to determine why he feels he has the right to grievously ignore the driving rules.

January 8, 2013 at 1:49 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes this boy has problems,however,this political lynch mob needs a tall glass of water,

January 8, 2013 at 4:20 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did he even get two licenses? From the driving record alone, this is someone who shouldn't be behind the wheel of even a golf cart.

January 8, 2013 at 9:05 PM 
Blogger Citizen Nancy said...

Dennis the Menace.

January 11, 2013 at 10:28 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They need to move this trial, with the T.U and every other local news outlet declaring this kid guilty since the accident he'll never get a fair trial here. I'm not saying he did no wrong in this, but until we actually have the facts and not just media speculation you can't label him guilty.

March 13, 2013 at 7:49 PM 

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