Citizens in Norfolk, VA are finding themselves in an interesting situation. Police arrested a man, Greg Underwood, for DUI when he was stopped for driving through a work zone. He was found to have a BAC that was almost twice the legal limit of .08% and was also carrying a firearm. He was charged with DUI, carrying a concealed weapon in public while under the influence and refusal of a chemical sobriety test. The complicated part of this story is that DUI, first offense; under the influence while carrying a concealed weapon in public and refusal of test Mr. Underwood is the lead prosecutor for the County.
He was taken to nearby county where he was booked in order to avoid a conflict of interest. Still, the case gets worse. Underwood is up for re-election this November, but he is running unopposed. This means that, as is stands now, even if he is convicted for all of these crimes, he can still keep his job prosecuting others for the same offenses. Neighbors are outraged, but unless another person joins the race, Underwood will continue to work in Norfolk.
Attorney Underwood has not been convicted of any crime yet, but based on the evidence, he did make some bad decisions for a man in his position. It does look like he will be able to keep his job prosecuting suspects. The only hope citizens have for his defeat is to start a write-in campaign. There have been several rumors of such a campaign, but there is less than two weeks left until the election.
It is sad when the people charged with enforcing the law cannot go without breaking it themselves. Like the recent California police officer who was arrested for DUI after showing up to work drunk, it shows that anyone is capable of getting a DUI charge. It will be interesting to see if this arrest will affect how Underwood handles DUI cases in the future.