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Airman sentence for driving while intoxicated, drunk on duty

Posted 3/19/2008   Updated 3/19/2008 Email story   Print story


by compiled from staff reports
354th Fighter Wing Staff Judge Advocate

3/19/2008 - EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Airman 1st Class Jaime A. Valle, 354th Maintenance Squadron, was tried by a special court-martial March 3 for several violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

He was tried for sleeping on duty in violation of Article 92, UCMJ; driving while intoxicated in violation of Article 111, UCMJ; drunk on duty in violation of Article 112, UCMJ; and incapacitation for duty through prior wrongful indulgence in intoxicating liquor (i.e. to hung over to perform duties) in violation of Article 134, UCMJ.

Airman Valle pled not guilty to all charges. A military judge found him guilty of driving while intoxicated and for being drunk on duty. Airman Valle was sentenced to a forfeiture of $100 pay, 30 days restriction to base and 30 days hard labor without confinement. Additionally, he will now lose his Alaskan and installation driving privileges because of the federal misdemeanor conviction for driving while intoxicated.

The events that led to Airman Valle's convictions occurred on Nov. 5, 2007. On this day Airman Valle drove to work and attempted to perform his duties as an Ammo troop. He was found lying down on a trailer and smelled of alcohol.

He was taken to the 354th Security Forces Squadron were he was determined to have a blood-alcohol level of .203. Under the UCMJ, it is illegal to operate a vehicle if your blood alcohol level is greater than or equal to .08 or while "drunk".

The UCMJ defines being drunk as "any intoxication which is sufficient to impair the rational and full exercise of the mental or physical faculties."

In accordance with this definition, the military judge found that Airman Valle's misconduct was in violation of the two articles mentioned above and he was found guilty of these offenses. The driving while intoxicated and drunk on duty convictions will now establish Airman Valle with a criminal record that will be reviewable by both State and Federal law enforcement officials.

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