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Was Chicago Cop Richard Bolling Drunk at Time of Fatal DUI?

The aggravated DUI trial of Chicago cop Richard Bolling has begun, and the police officer has said he was not drunk at the time of the fatal accident that killed 13-year-old Trenton Booker.

Bolling is accused of roaring through a South Side neighborhood two years ago in his Dodge Charger, and hitting the teen who was riding his bike. The collision was so severe that the boy is said to have spun in the air like a propeller before hitting the pavement and dying, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Multiple passers-by stopped to help, but Bolling allegedly didn't even slow down, speeding away from the accident scene, reports the Sun-Times.

The Chicago cops stopped their colleague soon thereafter, and took him into custody. Bolling passed several field sobriety tests, and tested a 0.079 on a Breathalyzer test -- 0.001 under the legal limit. Now, Bolling says that he has evidence that he wasn't drunk when he killed Booker.

Not so fast. Testing a 0.08 on a Breathalyzer only means that someone is automatically deemed drunk. This does not mean that someone who tested below 0.08 cannot also be considered under the influence of alcohol and charged with an aggravated DUI, especially where there is supporting evidence like eyewitness testimony that Bolling was roaring down the street in his muscle car.

The fact that Richard Bolling passed his Breathalyzer test and field sobriety tests makes it more difficult for prosecutors to prove that he was drunk driving. However, it is not impossible, and a court can still convict him of the crime, even with a 0.079 blood alcohol content.

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