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Candidate Nabbed for DWI Twice in 3 Hours

October 10, 2005

VERNON, N.Y. (AP) _ A first-time candidate for public office was arrested twice in a three-hour span for driving drunk, authorities said Monday.

Brian E. Karst, 34, who is running for Oneida Common Council as an independent candidate was arrested Friday night by Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Chrysler and ticketed for numerous traffic violations. Sobriety tests revealed his blood alcohol content was 0.14 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08, deputies said.

After his arrest, Karst was released to a third party.

Less than three hours later, Chrysler pulled Karst over again _ driving the same car as before. This time, Karst’s blood alcohol content was 0.11, deputies said.

Deputies said Karst also was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Sept. 9.

A message on Karst’s phone Monday said he was not taking messages. His uncle, Terry Karst, said his nephew has been under stress after a divorce and a custody dispute.

Terry Karst, who is chairman of the Independence Party in neighboring Madison County, said he would encourage his nephew to stay in the race against two-term Democratic incumbent Donald Moore so voters have a choice.

``When you have a president caught having sex with an intern or lying under oath, how’s that compare? These are working people, not elitist politicians. They make mistakes. They put their pants on one leg at a time, and they make mistakes,″ Terry Karst said.

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Information from: The Syracuse Post-Standard, www.syracuse.com

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