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<a href="http://www.maui.net/~mauinews/lnews6c.htm" target="_blank">http://www.maui.net/~mauinews/lnews6c.htm</a><br><br><br><br><b>Premier of British Columbia arrested in Napili<br><br><br><br>
Canadian leader says he wont fight charge of driving under the influence</b><br><br><br><br>
By LILA FUJIMOTO<br><br><br><br>
Staff Writer<br><br><br><br>
NAPILI The top elected official in British Columbia said he wouldnt fight a charge that he was<br><br>
driving under the influence of alcohol when he was arrested in Napili early Friday.<br><br><br><br>
Gordon M. Campbell, premier of Canadas third-largest and westernmost province, was arrested after<br><br>
the traffic stop at 12:59 a.m.<br><br><br><br>
A Lahaina patrol officer made the arrest after stopping the rented Honda multipurpose vehicle Campbell<br><br>
was driving on Honoapiilani Highway near Napilihau Street, police said. The stop was being made<br><br>
because of the way the vehicle was being driven, according to Maui police, who provided no further<br><br>
details.<br><br><br><br>
Following a traffic stop, Campbell showed signs of intoxication, according to an MPD news release.<br><br>
Police said Campbell submitted to a breath test that showed his blood-alcohol level was above the legal<br><br>
limit of 0.08 percent.<br><br><br><br>
After being arrested, the 54-year-old Vancouver resident was transported to the Wailuku Police<br><br>
Station, where he was held until posting $257 bail at about 9:40 a.m.<br><br><br><br>
He was given a March 25 date to appear in District Court for his arraignment.<br><br><br><br>
As British Columbia premier, Campbell is the equivalent of a governor of a state in the United States.<br><br>
He was elected to the position in May 2001 and is head of the British Columbia Liberal Party.<br><br><br><br>
Campbell reportedly vacations on Maui every year at Christmastime, staying at a condominium in Napili.<br><br><br><br>
In a brief statement he released Friday, Campbell said he was returning home after dinner with friends<br><br>
when he was pulled over by police.<br><br><br><br>
I have made a serious mistake, and I want to apologize to everyone including my family, my colleagues<br><br>
and the people of British Columbia, his statement said. I do not intend to contest the charge.<br><br><br><br>
Nonresidents who are arrested for DUI are subject to the same procedures and penalties as residents<br><br>
arrested on the petty misdemeanor charge.<br><br><br><br>
But someone who lives off island can arrange to enter a no-contest or guilty plea by mail without being<br><br>
present, usually through an attorney licensed to practice in the state.<br><br><br><br>
A first-time DUI conviction carries penalties including a mandatory 14 hours of alcohol-abuse<br><br>
rehabilitation, including education and counseling, and a 90-day drivers license suspension. The<br><br>
suspension can be an absolute prohibition against driving for the entire period or a 30-day absolute<br><br>
prohibition with allowances for driving to and from work during the remaining 60 days.<br><br><br><br>
First-time DUI offenders are also subject to one or more of the following penalties: 72 hours of<br><br>
community service, a two- to five-day jail term and a fine of $150 to $1,000.
 

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BC, what do you expect <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br>
(j/k)
 

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oh man. i *so* wish this meant he'd have to resign.<br><br><br><br>
we laughed our asses off when we heard about this. this guy is probably THE MOST HATED man in all of british columbia right now. he and his party are tearing the province apart with their cuts to social programs and the medical system. i loathe him. i wish they'd lock him up in jail in hawaii for a hundred years. what a dick.
 

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I watch the local news almost every evening, and I didn't see anything about this. hmmm...<br><br><br><br>
as for locking him up here... you guys can keep him. we have enough dickhead politicians here as it is.
 

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oooooooooooh he's the BC version of Mike Harris!<br><br><br><br>
(Harris Resigned though, yippeeeeee)
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Kreeli</i><br><br><b>he and his party are tearing the province apart with their cuts to social programs and the medical system. i loathe him. i wish they'd lock him up in jail in hawaii for a hundred years. what a dick.</b></div>
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A friend of mine who lives in Vancouver visited us over the holidays and expressed similar sentiments about him.
 

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LF,<br><br>
Mike Harris, Mike Harris... oh no it's not the same person I was thinking of, Michael Farris. Farris wasn't elected, anyway.
 
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