Attorney wants former sheriff’s blood retested in DUI case
March 13, 2013
Steamboat Springs — The attorney representing former Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall in a DUI case wants his client's blood sample to be retested.
Wall was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning, but his attorney, Randy Klauzer, filed a motion asking that the case be continued to allow time for another test to determine what the alcohol content of Wall's blood was the evening of his arrest Dec. 20. Wall now is scheduled to appear in court at 10 a.m. April 17.
Klauzer did not specify in the court document why he wanted another test done, and he did not respond Wednesday to a message seeking comment.
The results of the original test have not been made public. The Routt County District Attorney's Office has refused to release the test results because it is an active case.
Wall was booked into Routt County Jail on Dec. 20 after a Colorado State Patrol trooper contacted Wall after he got his car stuck in snowbank.
According to the trooper, Wall's face "appeared flushed and his eyes were watery and pinkish and there was the moderate to strong odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage coming from his breath as he spoke.”
According to the trooper, Wall said he had drank one beer about three hours earlier. Wall was arrested and submitted to a blood draw at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
The Colorado State Patrol also arrested Wall on suspicion of a similar offense during his one term in office. Wall disputed that arrest and fought the charges in court, where he eventually was found guilty of the lesser charge of driving while ability impaired by a jury of his peers.
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