It was bad enough that Republican leaders like Skip Stam put their (considerable) weight behind getting their little buddy elected to the Apex town council. It didn't matter that the guy had been arrested for drunk driving, he had friends in high places. So it comes as no surprise that Scott Lassiter is looking for a way to avoid taking responsibility for his actions.
An Apex Town Council member convicted in January of driving while impaired is appealing the verdict with an unusual defense: An acid reflux problem, he claims, skewed the breath test he took when arrested. Scott Lassiter, a Johnston County school teacher who was sworn in as a new Town Council member in December, is scheduled to go to Wake County Superior Court in mid-March to fight the conviction.
Lassiter and his attorney James Crouch have asked for a jury trial to argue that gastroesophageal reflux disease caused elevated blood-alcohol content readings on his breath test.
Translation: I was so drunk that I threw up in my mouth and contaminated the breathalyzer.