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Preliminary votes support biker charged with DUI

by Reid Williams

SUMMIT COUNTY – The preliminary results of an unscientific Internet poll show strong support for a biker charged with driving under the influence (DUI).

The Summit Daily News Web site poll asks visitors, “Is it fair for police to arrest people for DUIs on bicycles?” As of Friday, 103 people had responded to the poll since it began running three days before. Of the initial voters, 36.9 percent said, yes, it is fair, but 63.1 percent said it’s not fair for police to arrest bikers under the influence.

The poll was prompted by the July 9 arrest of 26-year-old Steven Routier of Dillon. Silverthorne police officers observed Routier riding a bicycle without a lighting system about 1 a.m. According to the police report, Routier rode through the intersection at Highway 9 and Wildernest Road and failed to stop for a red light.

The officers caught up with Routier in the 7-Eleven store at the intersection. In talking to Routier, the officers noted the smell of alcohol and Routier told officers he had been drinking. Routier’s driver’s license was revoked for a previous DUI offense.

According to Summit County Court clerks, Routier is scheduled to appear July 31 for sentencing, leading to speculation he has already entered a plea in the case. Neither Routier nor prosecutors in the district attorney’s office could be reached Saturday for comment.

Votes on the Web poll can be cast and results can be reviewed at http://www.summitdaily.com.


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