Multiple DUI Offender Should Not Have Been Free When He Drove a School Bus Off the Road

by jhwygirl

These are some serious issues that deserve some serious attention, folks. There’e no reason to dismiss this stuff as crazy blog stuff, as this and the story below are merely op eds that ask questions of stories written in the Missoulian.

Also in today’s paper was this story of a guy who was out driving so under the influence on Mullen Road that he forced a car and a school bus onto the shoulder of the road.

Thing is, the subsequent arrest for this alleged activity was his fifth.

Now, in wacky Montana (for any of you who might be reading from outside our regressive state) DUI offenders get three “passes” from mandatory jail time. It’s not until the 4th where mandatory sentencing occurs.

I’m sure it’s probably no more than 90 days…

In this case, Gordon James Shaffer – a registered violent offender – was free to drive a school bus off the road because somewhere along the line after he allegedly hit-and-run under the influence and six other offenses, his charges were eventually dropped because paperwork was not filed in time.

In this case, that appears to have been in the county attorney’s office? The same office who told the judge on the last charges that Shaffer is “somebody who’s going to kill somebody if he’s not stopped.”

Nice to know someone is concerned.

That attorney’s office has long been overworked and overburdened. In this case, that lack of adequate staffing has nearly resulted in disaster.

They’re pleading out cases to avoid trial – and they’re losing paperwork such that menaces to society are being released into the public.

To force school buses to drive off the road.

Hey – again…If I had kids….

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  1. lizard19

    new story just posted at the Missoulian about a Frenchtown man arrested for DUI with his 7 year old in the car. he apparently refused the breathalyzer, but later blew a .232 at the jail. he had been arrested two times before for DUI.

    this state has a serious problem with alcohol abuse.

  2. Steve W

    Fred Van Valkenburg had plenty of time to go up to the legislature and get them to restrict Montanans rights to pass initiatives. Yet he claims to be overworked and under staffed. it’s bullshit. (see HB 391 2011) Fred is too busy with his hard on for cannabis smokers to actually do something about violent crimes.

    Something is seriously wrong with his office but nobody says much about it.

    Missoulian crime reporter Gwen Fiorno loves her some Van Valkenburg, She isn’t going to ask questions about where he gets the time to restrict Montanans initiative rights while at the same time he ignores real actual violent crimes.

    Our problem is with county attorneys who only want to prosecute the easy cases and run up their stats but who run away from anything that requires any work at all.

    That’s my opinion.

  3. fred used to smoke pot. lots of it. back in the seventies.

    now he warns his friends in the dining room of the missoula country club whenever there is a random dui roadblock check.

    so much for integrity or honesty.




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