A veteran federal prosecutor was charged early Thanksgiving morning with refusing to take a chemical breath test after two drivers told the police a man at the wheel of a small BMW appeared "out of it," was "driving all over the road" and had hit curbs on Airport Road. After he was pulled over shortly after 1:15 a.m., Gerard B. Sullivan, 50, of Lincoln, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Rhode Island, told the arresting officers more than once that he was a prosecutor, according to the police chief. He said he knew the police chief, according to the police report, and asked the arresting officer if there was "anything he could do."
What is more disappointing is until a few years ago, Sullivan was head of the criminal division. (He ought to know better.) The police report has a damaging description of Sullivan drunken behavior according to the Providence Journal.
[The police officer] asked [Sullivan] to submit to a series of standardized field sobriety tests. Sullivan had "extreme difficulty keeping his head straight and following the stimulus with only his eyes without moving his head as instructed," was "unable to stand in the heel-to-toe stance," "repeatedly missed heel-to-toe contact," continually raised his arms more than 6 inches from his side for balance, and "placed his foot down continuously" when asked to stand on one leg, according to [the officer's] report.
We can only wonder for all the prosecutorial misconduct and political prosecutions during the Rove-Bush-Cheney years if more Assistant U.S. Attorneys have now resorted to heavy drinking during the era of Obama.
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