While it’s unusual to see a military member face state and military criminal charges for actions arising out of the same set of facts (not a Double Jeopardy violation, but a policy matter), the case of the former MCAS Cherry Point commander who was stopped last year for DUI is an exception.  Colonel Douglas Denn recently pled guilty to speeding, having an open container in a vehicle, and the DUI in the state case.  An Article 32 investigation for making a false official statement and what appears to be (don’t have access to the charge sheet) obstruction of justice, violating a lawful order (for violation of the “bottle to throttle rule”), and having an inappropriate relationship with a female just wrapped up.  The investigating officer is currently writing up the report to the convening authority.

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