Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Spokesman-Review: Idaho Court of Appeals Overturns Verdict in One-Car Crash

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 9:15 AM

It takes two cars to be involved in an accident before an Idaho motorist can be formally charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

The Spokesman-Review's Betsy Russell reports that the idaho Court of Appeals handed down a ruling Tuesday after considering the case of Richard Wright, who slid off a north Idaho road in 2009, knocking over a speed-limit sign.

Wright was convicted of a misdemeanor for leaving the scene of an accident, resulting in a one-year suspension of his license, two days in a Kootenai County work program and a $200 fine.

But on Tuesday, the Idaho Court of Appeals ruled that the charge of leaving the scene of an accident applies to multiple-car accidents.

"This got started because [Wright] upset the police officer—we call it contempt of cop,” Wright's attorney Richard Kuck told the Spokesman-Review.

Tuesday's decision from the Court of Appeals was unanimous.

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