‘Certified drug recognition expert’ a psychic?
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 2:13 pm

To the Editor:

Hooray for the daughter of that poor bus driver who was arrested for felony charges without the benefit of all the evidence being in. Get a lawyer fast!

I am a retired police officer of 25 years and never have I heard of a cop being a “certified drug recognition expert” relating to a felony arrest of DUI. Is this cop a psychic?

Why do the state police have to arrest this guy today without the benefit of toxicology results?

Is he a threat to society or a flight risk? Was there no time to obtain an arrest warrant when all the facts were in?

Reasonable suspicion is not probable cause. Once all the facts are in and you have a court-ready case with a warrant then you can drag this guy’s name through the mud. The paper and the police should have reported “charges pending upon the completion of the investigation.”

I hope for the taxpayers of New York State that this is not a false arrest, as if it is it will cost Mr. Stemples his reputation and the taxpayers lots of money to compensate him for this slander.

Donna Wright

Potsdam