Darren Doyle, story
A Louisville man arrested for DUI charges is on his way home today after a judge dismissed his case in Edmonson District Court.
Michael Vanegas was arrested by the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office on July 4, 2015 at a road safety checkpoint at Nolin Dam and charged with "Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs, 1st offense" and "License to be in possession," both of which Mr. Vanegas pleaded not guilty.
Attorney Greg Vincent, who represented Mr. Vanegas, said that his client was accused of being impaired at the checkpoint, arrested, and taken to the hospital for a blood test; however, the results of the test were suppressed by the court.
Judge John McCarty declared that there was a lack of evidence against Vanegas and ordered the case to be dismissed.
"The judge did the right thing," said Vincent. "All court cases come down to evidence and proof, and there wasn't enough here to convict Mr. Vanegas in this case."
Sheriff Shane Doyle said in a statement that the sheriff's office stands behind the decision to make the arrest 100%; however, he also acknowledged that people are still innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.