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February 22, 2012

The case of the drunken CIA chauffeur

An #intoxicated #CIA chauffeur caused #legal problems for the Agency, when he crashed into another car in Washington, D.C.

And just how intoxicated was the driver, a Mr. David K. Dupree, when he rear-ended the other driver? A decision rendered Wednesday explains that:

"During an internal CIA investigation, Dupree admitted to consuming 'five cognac and cokes in a 35–40 minute period' while waiting for his food at the restaurant."

Uncool. Mr. Dupree's government-leased Lincoln Navigator sustained damages totaling more than $12,000.

Mr. Dupree, a CIA employee since 1976, worked for what's called the CIA's Transportation Support Center; he was subsequently convicted of driving under the influence. But now, the CIA has succeeded in getting itself dropped from the case, on the basis that Dupree's accident happened outside the scope of his Agency employment.

The woman injured in the Sept. 10, 2008 accident, Chantel Russell, and State Farm Insurance, had both gone after the CIA. Judge Amy Berman Jackson, though, concluded that:

"No reasonable juror could find that Dupree’s conduct was actuated in any part by a purpose to serve his employer. Dupree was acting solely for personal benefit when he drove home at night from a restaurant
under the influence of alcohol."




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Uncool. Mr. Dupree's government-leased Lincoln Navigator sustained damages totaling more than $12,000.

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