(This story was first published in the February 28, 2013 edition of the Vermont Standard.)
District Court Report, by Eric Francis
Eric Marks, 26, of Woodstock pleaded innocent to drunk driving – first offense – after he allegedly made a strange move in front of a state police cruiser just before 3 a.m. Saturday on Route 4. Trooper Gary Salvatore said he was traveling along behind Mark’s silver Hyundai when he saw Marks “suddenly slam on his brakes and pull his vehicle off to the side of the road abruptly” without first signaling.
The trooper pulled up next to Marks, rolled down his passenger window and asked if everything was all right. “When the defendant responded to my question I noticed that he slurred his words,” Salvatore wrote in his affidavit. Salvatore said Marks was cooperative during field sobriety exercises but did poorly on them and appeared to be substantially impaired before blowing a 0.138 percent blood alcohol level on a roadside breath test at which point he was arrested and taken to be processed for DUI. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.
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