Former Coos County D.A. Sues City of Coquille

By Jim McCoy Mon 12th August Newscity of CoquilleCoos CountylawsuitPaul Burgett
The former district attorney of Coos County has sued the city of Coquille, its police chief and an officer over a disputed drunken driving arrest two years ago. The Eugene Register-Guard reports that Paul Burgett, who retired in 2007, was arrested in 2011, but the attorney general's office recommended not going through with the case. Burgett's blood alcohol level was .04 percent. Drivers can be convicted even if they test below the .08 percent threshold, but officers have to prove impairment. The federal court suit says the officer had no cause to pull him over in the first place. Burgett was acquitted of failing to dim his headlights for oncoming traffic. The suit seeks $100,000 and other unspecified damages. The Coquille city manager declined to comment.

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