Pouliot Guilty of DWI



Interesting article from Russo today, via the Ottawa Sun. Benoit Pouliot has been found guilty of driving while intoxicated, stemming from and arrest in, get this, August of 2006. From the article:

Pouliot reportedly had more than 140 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millileters of blood. The legal limit is 80.

This is where it goes bad for Benny. In his own little mental breakdown, Pouliot "continued to look straight forward and eat chips" while the officer questioned him. He then went on with the only breakdown more impressive than his on-ice production last season:

When he was arrested after failing a roadside test, Pouliot asked the officer whether there was anything police could do instead of taking away his licence.

"Do you know who I am?" he then asked the officer, according to testimony Levesque summarized in his decision.

"The accused became cocky," Levesque said, before describing how, when asked if he wanted to call a lawyer, Pouliot, who is now 22, said he wanted to talk to his uncle, an OPP officer from the area.

The admissibility of Pouliot’s statements, first roadside and then at the detachment, had come up during the trial, but Levesque found no issue in considering them as evidence.

"The accused was clearly told that he was not obligated to say anything, but if he did, it could be used in evidence," Levesque told the court, where Pouliot sat in the front row. "He chose not to remain silent for his own purposes."

Then, the cherry on top for all of us out here in the real world.

When asked whether the decision would affect him in the coming season, Pouliot said, "I don’t need a car to play hockey, so I don’t see a problem at all."

You don't see a problem at all? That, sir, is only the first of many of your problems.

-Buddha

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