CT state rep. arrested for DUI

State representative Brian O'Connor was arrested Saturday, allegedly driving under the influence. Read more
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Disappointed Constituent

South Windsor, CT

#24 Dec 9, 2008
As someone who does know Mr. OíConnor (in case you thought I was making assumptions) I can honestly say that I am both disappointed, and embarrassed. Itís unfortunate that this blunder has gotten him more attention than anything he has done for the district. I sincerely hope he learns from his mistake, and would appreciate an apology for his lack of judgment. Maybe heíll have an opponent next time around. I think our district could use a good race and we deserve to have a choice.
creampie surprise

Brighton, MA

#25 Dec 9, 2008
Supporter wrote:
Everyone makes a mistake!! He was pulled over for speeding (not becauce he was swerving) and the cop probably asked if he had been drinking and he admitted it. He is a good guy and a great state rep. I fully believe he will make things right.
He's a jacka$$.
Raymond Huey

Branford, CT

#26 Dec 9, 2008
Maby he will get lucky and go before the judge that just got arrested for a DWI herself. She might be more lenient.
Huh

Arlington, VT

#28 Dec 10, 2008
okay wrote:
<quoted text>
if your irish drinking goes with the culture
sorry but go towwww. jingle jugs . com
thats the kind of stuff you will find in
an irish house
most or all of these posts is just people who dont hav a life talkin s h i t all day
I find it hard to believe that there is a culture that condones and encourages driving while intoxicated.
TRIPE07

AOL

#29 Dec 10, 2008
Supporter wrote:
Everyone makes a mistake!! He was pulled over for speeding (not becauce he was swerving) and the cop probably asked if he had been drinking and he admitted it. He is a good guy and a great state rep. I fully believe he will make things right.
and roland was inocent also ? freaking polititians they get away with murder
Forty n a Blunt

United States

#30 Dec 17, 2008
Shouldn't speed when yer drunk, dude.
Former DUI

Wolcott, CT

#31 Dec 18, 2008
If he is a first time "offender", he will get a hearing and probably a 90 day suspension from the DMV, and a work permit which we are all entitled to. From the court, a fine, suspension, probation, community service and an alcohol education program. He might not have even felt drunk. He could have had 3 drinks or 10, it doesn't take much.
He probably had NO intention to "offend". When any of you are at happy hour, or a wedding, do you intend to be "over the limit"? But you probably are.
no big deal

Benet Lake, WI

#32 Dec 19, 2008
Tom F wrote:
State Representative Brian O'Connor has been an asset to the citizens of Clinton, Kilingworth, and Westbrook for over seven years. He has made many great contributions to these towns and we are very fortunate to have him represent us. It's very easy to criticize after one makes a mistake. Let's just remember that we're all human.
Tom? why do people like you come on here? you're an idiot. He committed a crime and he holds public office. That's how it works when you decide to go into the public eye. Sorry if your feelings are hurt but you're still an idiot
listener

New York, NY

#33 Dec 19, 2008
no big deal wrote:
<quoted text>Tom? why do people like you come on here? you're an idiot. He committed a crime and he holds public office. That's how it works when you decide to go into the public eye. Sorry if your feelings are hurt but you're still an idiot
Huh? He committed a crime? He was arrested. He hasn't been convicted of anything. Isn't he entitled to the presumption of innocence? Are public officeholders accorded fewer rights than other citizens? Do you view a mere accusation by the police as tantamount to conviction? Are the police infallible? Why bother with courts and trial? Sorry if your feelings are hurt but you're still an idiot.
FormerDUI

Wallingford, CT

#34 Dec 20, 2008
NEWSFLASH.
From Websters...Main Entry: com∑mit
pronunciation:\k&#601;- &#712;mit\ Function: verb....
2: to carry into action deliberately : perpetrate <commit a crime>
MANY people arrested for DUI haven't
deliberately perpetrated anything. They just happened to have had something happen and found to be over an arbitrary "limit". If the business of DUI's weren't such a cash cow, pumping probably millions into the "system" they would probably BAN drinking altogether. To "protect the public", wouldn't a complete ban be the way to go??
FormerDUI

Wallingford, CT

#35 Dec 20, 2008
I don't know where this gibberish came from,&#601;- &#712;mit, but it was supposed to say "ke-mit"
Ernie Scinto

Mountain View, CA

#36 Dec 22, 2008
I bet he gets off scott free.
KillingworthDem

Burlington, MA

#37 Dec 30, 2008
He should step down. How can he represent us if he violates the law and sets a poor example for our children. His refusal to take the sobriety test is further proof of his disregard for the law.

Accountability starts at the local level.
Google This

United States

#38 Dec 30, 2008
Tom F wrote:
Let's just remember that we're all human.
Drunk drivers are not human - they are one of the lower forms of life.
FormerDUI

United States

#39 Dec 30, 2008
Google This wrote:
<quoted text>
Drunk drivers are not human - they are one of the lower forms of life.
Blsuliht! Many of us are parents and grandparents, hard workers,tax paying, honest and LAW ABIDING people. MANY of us just happened to be found to be over an arbitrary limit. This CAN be done with as few as 3 drinks in an hour and any of you that stop by the local club or tavern usually consumes THAT much, and LOTS of you would not even feel SLIGHTLY IMPAIRED! Not EVERY person arrested for DUI intended to be over the limit!
Unless you DON'T DRINK AT ALL, like I haven't for 28 months now, don't be so smug and confident that YOU aren't ever over the limit!!!!
listener

New York, NY

#40 Dec 30, 2008
KillingworthDem wrote:
He should step down. How can he represent us if he violates the law and sets a poor example for our children. His refusal to take the sobriety test is further proof of his disregard for the law.
Accountability starts at the local level.
Shouldn't there be proof that he violated the law before he is obligated to step down? Or is an accusation by the Police sufficient evidence of guilt? Why bother with courts?

I don't believe that drivers are obligated by law to to take a sobriety test in Connecticut. As I understand it, if a driver elects to refuse the test, he/she loses his/her license temporarily, but can still be acquitted of a DUI charge. Refusal to submit to a test may be some evidence of guilt of DUI, but shouldn't a determination of guilt be made by a Court instead of you, or me, or a Police Officer?

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