Jury Cannot Reach Verdict In Attorney Mike Richardson DUI Case

Friday, June 21, 2013

A Criminal Court jury on Friday could not reach a decision in the case in which Chattanooga attorney Mike Richardson was charged with DUI.

Jurors said eight favored conviction and four acquittal.

The case was not set for retrial, but a status conference will be held later.

Attorney Richardson, who earlier in the case represented himself and then hired attorney Bill Speek for the trial, testified that he had three beers earlier on Nov. 30, 2011, and drank two quickly while out driving. He argued that he was not drunk at the time he was stopped by a rookie officer.

He said he offered to take a breathalyzer  test, but the officer waited an hour and 40 minutes to give him a blood test. He said by then the last two beers had caused a spike in his alcohol level and he was up to a .12.

Attorney Richardson was stopped by Signal Mountain Officer Donnis Bochie after radar showed that he was traveling 48 mph in a 35-mph speed zone, testimony on Thursday indicated.

The officer, who noted that the Richardson arrest was the first he made after going to work for Signal Mountain, said he had to follow the suspect for about a mile before stopping him.

That is because Red Bank Police were dealing with an emergency situation and had the police radios tied up at the time Officer Bochie first spotted Richardson.

He said he followed the suspect from Ridgeway Avenue, Signal Mountain’s main highway, to the 300 block of Timberlinks before turning on his blue lights and stopping him. By that time, he said, he was able to use the police radio and let other officers know what was happening.

Richardson’s vehicle, a blue BMW, contained open containers of alcoholic beverages, the officer testified.

Further, he said, when Richardson’s information was checked he discovered that Hamilton County has outstanding warrants on the attorney. Attorney Speek said since he has a common name that it was first thought he had a robbery warrant. He said that was cleared up at the jail. He said all he had was a 2006 ticket involving a fire extinguisher on a boat.

The case was heard in the courtroom of Judge Rebecca Stern.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALEXANDER, MELANIE SYDNEY 816 ASTERWOOD DRIVE ROSSVILLE, 30741 25 Chattanooga POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - MARIJUANA BAXTER, TRAVIS MATTHEW 1330 GREENSLAKE ROAD EAST RIDGE, 37412 22 East Ridge AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC ASSAULT W/VEHICLE POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA BELL, CHARLIE ... (click for more)

Deputy Beaten After Vehicle Crashes In His Yard Sues Officers

A man who was mistakenly beaten by officers who had been pursuing a pickup truck that crashed into his home has sued Hamilton County and the officers for $700,000. Aaron Lucas Shelton and his wife, Heather Nicole Shelton, filed the suit in Circuit Court. Aaron Shelton is himself a deputy sheriff. It names Curtis Brian Killingsworth and unknown officers who allegedly took part ... (click for more)

We Ought To Pay Our Own Way

The government is too big. It has never been bigger - by any measure. It spends more money than any other single actor in our society. From Blue Rhinos to providing telecommunications services, our government knows no bounds. We’ve gone from a free enterprise system to a public enterprise system.  I'm not an artist. I'm not terribly tech savvy. The part of government that ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Secret Train Ride

It was during Christmas of 2003 when Bennett Levin and his wife found themselves talking and worrying about the wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Military Hospital in Bethesda, Md., and at the nearby Bethesda Naval Hospital. Their wish was that they could do something meaningful, something really grand, for the soldiers who had lost limbs, their eyesight, and far worse. As ... (click for more)

Villavic, Henderson Win Scenic City Half-Marathon Titles

(Complete results will be posted later today for both races) It was just a little bit nippy at Finley Stadium for Saturday morning’s running of the Scenic City Half-Marathon and 5K, but it was probably just about perfect for those who decided to compete. Cristian Villavic, a 42-year-old professional runner from Nicaragua who is currently living in Manchester with his coach, ... (click for more)

UTC Lady Mocs Run Past ETSU , 64-42

It was Senior Day Saturday afternoon for Ka'Vonne Towns and the UTC senior walked off the  McKenzie Arena floor for the last time with a basket full of memories and points. The Lilburn, Ga. native totaled 14 points and four rebounds as the Lady Mocs ran past visiting East Tenn. State, 64-42, in a Southern Conference women's basketball game. Ranked No.18 and ... (click for more)