Gosserand DWI Not Guilty?????

Gosserand DWI Not Guilty?????

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Mike Litoris

Eau Claire, WI

#1 Feb 3, 2010
It took ten minutes for Judge Alex Wall to find 23-year-old Victoria Gosserand "not guilty" of first offense DWI in Baton Rouge.

In a separate case of DWI in Pointe Coupee Parish, Gosserand faces more serious charges. Investigators say she was three times over the legal limit when she caused a crash that killed 23-year-old Terri Parker and injured vehicle's driver.

Even though the first case doesn't involve Parker's family, they were in court to seek justice.

"If the courts would have taken care of the first DWI, she wouldn't have gotten the second DWI," Parker's mother, Debra Cushionberry said.

In court, the Baton Rouge police officer who pulled her over told a packed courtroom that after he arrested her, the smell of alcohol was so strong he had to crack a window in his police unit.

The executive director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving told News 2 she was concerned there wasn't enough evidence to convict Gosserand.

"We're not always winners," Donna Tate said. "The details of every case are different. In this case, there was not an opportunity to have a field sobriety test done because of the defendant's refusal and no blood alcohol test."

A grand jury in Pointe Coupee Parish will decide next week whether to formally charge Gosserand for the crash in New Roads.
dont go there

United States

#2 Feb 3, 2010
a prime example of the quote "money walks.....". Maybe tg was not just bluffing when she asked the cops at the New Roads wreck "do you know who I am?"
Big Easy

Hammond, LA

#3 Feb 3, 2010
God knows who she and they are
WHAT

Livonia, LA

#4 Feb 3, 2010
them stupid MOTHER F**KERS! somebody go whip her ass, please!

“La Grimasse!!”

Since: Mar 07

Ventress

#5 Feb 3, 2010
She won't get away with the latest...

I know how "justice" is done in smaller towns but she can't run from this one
MADD

Eau Claire, WI

#6 Feb 3, 2010
She might not get away with it completely, but now it will show as a "1st offense DWI" and not a "2nd offense DWI". Huge WIN for her. Civily speaking.
MADD

Eau Claire, WI

#7 Feb 3, 2010
"In court, the Baton Rouge police officer who pulled her over told a packed courtroom that after he arrested her, the smell of alcohol was so strong he had to crack a window in his police unit."

How was she found Not Guilty??? What an insult and a waiste of the arresting officers time and duties. How can a judge determine that she was not guilty, she was driving while intoxicated. duh
Jarreau89

Hammond, LA

#8 Feb 3, 2010
Please correct me if I'm wrong - and I KNOW ya'll will - but wasn't the officer at fault for not administering a blood alcohol test? Or, once she refused the field sobriety test that could not be administered? Just asking. I thought a bill had been recently passed where if you refused testing, you were automatically arrested and lost your license until your court date - or something like that.
Chad

Hammond, LA

#9 Feb 3, 2010
The officer did botch this one. She was Never tested at all. The camera on the car was not even working. The only proof that she was drunk was the officers word like that comment the officer made about it smelling like liquor in his cop car. She declined all of the tests. The judge commented something along the lines of he knew she was guilty but he has to uphold the law and the law does not find her guilty, but she will have a tougher time in the New Roads case. The officers report was not filled out properly and the times did not match up.

I really don't think money played a part in this one, surprisingly. Any of us could have got out of this one.
DWI needs to change

Iota, LA

#10 Feb 3, 2010
Unless she was involed in an accident they could not force her to submit to either test. That is a problem with the state law. Call the senator and representative and force them to have it changed.
Jarreau89 wrote:
Please correct me if I'm wrong - and I KNOW ya'll will - but wasn't the officer at fault for not administering a blood alcohol test? Or, once she refused the field sobriety test that could not be administered? Just asking. I thought a bill had been recently passed where if you refused testing, you were automatically arrested and lost your license until your court date - or something like that.
Roads

Hammond, LA

#11 Feb 3, 2010
How do we know the officer was honest
MaBell

United States

#12 Feb 3, 2010
DWI needs to change wrote:
Unless she was involed in an accident they could not force her to submit to either test. That is a problem with the state law. Call the senator and representative and force them to have it changed.<quoted text>
I agree but the problem lies with attorneys. A good many of our legislators are attorneys, attorneys make laws that benefit attorneys. Then they are judged by judges who are attorneys. Those of us who aren't attorneys are then screwed by all of the attorneys!!!
guess who

United States

#13 Feb 3, 2010
Jarreau89 wrote:
Please correct me if I'm wrong - and I KNOW ya'll will - but wasn't the officer at fault for not administering a blood alcohol test? Or, once she refused the field sobriety test that could not be administered? Just asking. I thought a bill had been recently passed where if you refused testing, you were automatically arrested and lost your license until your court date - or something like that.
that is what I thought....
What A Shame

Denham Springs, LA

#14 Feb 3, 2010
What A Shame
Observer

Baton Rouge, LA

#15 Feb 3, 2010
Jarreau89 wrote:
Please correct me if I'm wrong - and I KNOW ya'll will - but wasn't the officer at fault for not administering a blood alcohol test? Or, once she refused the field sobriety test that could not be administered? Just asking. I thought a bill had been recently passed where if you refused testing, you were automatically arrested and lost your license until your court date - or something like that.
The loss of the offender's license for refusal is an "administrative" matter and is held seprate and apart from the "criminal" charge.
Eye roller

United States

#16 Feb 3, 2010
Roads wrote:
How do we know the officer was honest
Oh please, do you really think that the police have so much usless time on their hands that they go around stopping and arresting people for the fun of it. The paper work alone takes hours to do. And I can assure you that not one cop out there is so bored that he will want to do hours of paper work for ten minutes of fun in finding some idiot to arrest. That is the dumbest question I have ever read.
parent in pointe coupee

Ponchatoula, LA

#17 Feb 4, 2010
I hope that Terri Parkers family gets justice that they deserve! It does not surprise me that Tori got off in the Baton Rouge DWI case. Money talks. IT is not right. Just hope the justice system works for the Parker family. Remember you are in Pointe Coupee.
fixed

Baton Rouge, LA

#18 Feb 4, 2010
The fix is on.
Squirt

Zachary, LA

#19 Feb 4, 2010
For crying out loud. People beat DWI's because of botched police work or technicalities ALL the time. You don't have to be rich to do it, either.

She doesn't skate on the Christmas wreck. No way, not even in New Roads with all the money in the world. Ain't gonna happen. Too much attention on this.
agree

Baton Rouge, LA

#20 Feb 4, 2010

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