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Richard Tanguay Vindicated of Driving School Bus Under the Influence – No Alcohol, No Drugs.

Richard Tanguay Vindicated of Driving School Bus Under the Influence – No Alcohol, No Drugs.

Posted by Edmund R. Folsom, Esq.

February 7, 2020

I never post about case results here, but my client Richard Tanguay would like it as widely known as possible that the D.A. has abandoned prosecuting him for OUI, driving to endanger and endangering the welfare of children on his school bus. Richard is 69 years old. He has driven school buses for the past 40 years. On Saturday, November 2, 2019, he drove the Biddeford High School girls field hockey team to Oakland, Maine, for the state championship game. On the way back, in the southbound Turnpike construction zone in Portland, he was pulled over by a Maine State Police trooper, subjected to field sobriety tests in front of the kids and coaches on the bus, arrested, taken to the Cumberland County Jail, where he blew 0.00 on the Intoxilyzer, and subjected to an examination by a so-called “drug recognition expert” (DRE), before being charged and released on bail. The next day and in days that followed, Richard’s mug shot appeared in various newspapers and on TV spots throughout Maine and New England, alongside stories about the school bus driver charged with OUI while carrying a busload of kids in Maine. The kids and the coaches on the bus didn’t notice anything unusual about Richard or his driving. But all of a sudden, Richard was reduced to a mugshot and a story about driving drunk and endangering kids on a school bus. That’s a heavy rap.

Richard doesn’t do drugs. If you met him, you would no doubt believe that’s true. And he isn’t on prescription drugs that impair his ability to drive — the State tests for that stuff too, believe me. But his arrest, the charges, and the news accounts are the kind of thing that can make even people who’ve known you for a long time wonder if they really know what’s up with you. That’s the cloud Richard has been under until just now. But as I told Richard, he’s always had one luxury: nobody knew better than Richard Tanguay what the results of the State’s drug analysis would be – totally clean. And now, VINDICATION!

Where does Richard go to get his reputation back? How about in the news? It should be all over the news.

 

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