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ISP: Driver cited for DUI didn't drive home

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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:33 pm

Idaho State Police Cpt. Curtis Kastens said Wednesday that the Coeur d’Alene deputy fire chief who was cited but not arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol Dec. 22 was picked up by another driver and given a ride home after failing a sobriety test at the scene.

Jim Washko, a 15-year veteran of the fire department, was cited and released for DUI after registering a .130/.131 blood-alcohol content, as reported in a Feb. 1 Press article. The ISP probable cause report didn’t explain how Washko got home that night, and Kastens didn't elaborate during an interview.

On Wednesday, he responded to further questioning via email that said Washko was picked up.

“The name of the person who picked up Washko is not listed and Trooper Hall (who issued the citation) is not available for an interview on this matter,” he wrote.

Washko hasn’t returned phone calls on the issue.

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  • Bob Loblaw posted at 8:25 am on Fri, Feb 15, 2013.

    Bob Loblaw Posts: 413

    So much for "equal protection under the law" . . .

  • charliek60 posted at 11:00 pm on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    charliek60 Posts: 204

    It is not a big deal.

  • Jill Heine posted at 10:48 pm on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    Jill Heine Posts: 408

    don't be surprised boys - this happens in all cities where the blue veil prevails.

  • skunkworks posted at 7:40 pm on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    skunkworks Posts: 252

    Perhaps the "Officer" that issued the "Citation" to Mr: Washko was not comfortable in Personally driving him home due to Washko's Demeanor....And did not "Arrest" him due to being Criticised by Senior Officers...There Should NOT be a Double Standard for these Officers... Only a "Higher Standard"...

  • hope4idaho posted at 7:26 pm on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    hope4idaho Posts: 29

    @Why Not. You brought up an interesting point. If he had to get an SR21, would he be authorized to drive a fire truck.?

  • Why Not posted at 7:08 pm on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    Why Not Posts: 5326

    Talk about double standard! Having firsthand experience with the Coeur d'Alene PD, a hair over .08 earned me a trip in the back of the squad car, towing, two hours in the county jail and a couple grand to get the thing cleared. My stupid, but after that experience I just don't go to dinner in CDA like before and most certainly no wine with dinner.

    Washko is a person respect in the community, someone we should look up to, but certainly not afford special privilege for exhibiting gross stupidity. BAC .130 is beyond stupid. According to "Be Responsible About Drinking", a .130 BAC, a 200 pound male is legally intoxicated. And according to Norte Dame University, this same male consumed 7-8 beverages and exhibits - "Gross motor impairment and lack of physical control. Blurred vision and major loss of balance. Euphoria is reducing and beginning dysphoria (a state of feeling unwell)." Dude that's seriously F'd up.

    Oh what the heck he's a county employee, slap him on the wrist and send his bad boy a** to bed. Bull S***, Jim Washko needs to pay some fines, get his SR21 and spend time on the Sheriffs detail cleaning the highway. While you are thinking about it Jim, how about you publically apologize to the community and stay away from the booze?

  • hope4idaho posted at 6:58 pm on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    hope4idaho Posts: 29

    So let me get this straight. If I'm pulled over after having a few drinks and being over the limit, I can call a good ole buddy and have him drive me home with a citation in my pocket. I hope defense attorneys are keeping up with this story.

  • voxpop posted at 6:45 pm on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    The ISP decided to explain that they didn't just turn him loose but they neglected to explain WHY they turned him loose.

  • NoName posted at 5:44 pm on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    NoName Posts: 253

    hubba 1, I've got your answers.... he was released because the good ol' boy network here runs deep. If you were on the inside, the police would tell you it's "professional courtesy." A few years back the cop would have taken him to Denny's for some "Moons over Myhamy" first and then had a beer with the old boy back at his house.... if it were you or I we would have been taken to jail. Isn't Mayberry awesome!

  • hubba 1 posted at 5:25 pm on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    hubba 1 Posts: 5

    this story just gets deeper and deeper. We the public want answers of why was washko not taken downtown to the police dept. Why didnt the aressting officer take him. How could someone else take him home or wherever he was taken. Thhis is a joke. Our police force is out of control and have been for a while. We want answers, now

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