After reviewing evidence surrounding the arrest of Lincoln County Commissioner Terry Thompson, Special Prosecutor Jason Carlisle declined to press the case against Thompson. Charges of DUII were dropped.
Thompson’s blood alcohol test at the traffic stop on the Bayfront earlier this month showed no alcohol present and two urine tests, one at the Lincoln County Jail, the other at North Lincoln Hospital, showed no trace of alcohol or any drugs.
Thompson released this press release this morning:
Linn County special prosecutor Jason Carlile assigned to handle the
alleged DUII arrest of Lincoln County Commissioner Terry Thompson on
Nov. 26th has decided not to file charges after reviewing the results of
both an alcohol breath test of .00 (no alcohol present) and urine drug
test analyzed by the state crime lab showing no presence of any
controlled substance or common pharmaceuticals.
Thompson is concerned over a process that does not allow for
expungement of police reports or driving records listing arrests of
innocent individuals for at least one year from the date of the arrests.
He also added that the process does not include an avenue to hold
enforcement officers responsible for pulling over innocent individuals
on an assumption of DUII.
Commissioner Thompson said “My only crime was driving at night while
being old.” He added, “No one wants drunk drivers on the road, but
I have the right to go to the waterfront at night and watch the fishing
vessels coming in to deliver their catches without the fear of being
pulled over and thrown in jail.”