Driver gets maximum fines

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Lewisburg man's trial lasted one day and jury deliberations extended into the next morning before a guilty verdict was issued and the maximum possible fines imposed.

Neil Vader, 33, of Finley Beech Road, was accused of driving after being declared a Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender; driving under the influence, fourth offense; violation of the implied consent law; and driving on a revoked license.

Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler will sentence Vader on Sept. 23, but the jury had to set the fines for him. On two counts, they could have decided there was no fine, but instead they opted for the maximum allowable. On the third count where a fine had to be set, they again voted for the maximum. Vader's total fine is $7,000. His bond was revoked and Vader is now confined in Marshall County Jail.

According to the warrant in the case file, taken out by Marshall County Sheriff's Deputy Tony Nichols, it was about 9 p.m. Feb. 26 when he "observed Mr. Vader in a white Dodge pickup sitting in the ditch on Belfast-Farmington Road. As I stopped to check on the truck, Mr. Vader yelled to his passenger, 'It's the police!' and sped off, and immediately was driving in the center of the roadway."

Nichols turned on his blue lights, and Vader pulled into a driveway and ran behind the house. "He was extremely intoxicated and refused field sobriety tests," Nichols reported. Vader's previous DUIs were in Maury County in 2005, 2007, and 2009.

He was represented by Lewisburg attorney Robert Dalton.