Ga. police release DUI diplomat

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ATLANTA — Police in an Atlanta suburb say they released a Mexican diplomat accused of drunken driving without holding him in jail after they learned of his government position.

Mariano Saynez Ruiz Duran had a blood-alcohol level of 0.126 and had been clocked at 91 mph on Georgia 400 early Friday morning, a Roswell police report states.

He was released after police learned that he’s a vice consular at the Mexican Consulate General’s Atlanta office, Roswell police Lt. James McGee said.

Officers confirmed he has partial immunity from law enforcement actions after calling the U.S. Department of State, according to the police report.

It wasn’t known whether the 39-year-old north Fulton County resident has an attorney, and a home phone number for him could not be located.

Duran’s wife drove him away, and police would not have allowed him to drive himself because of public safety concerns, McGee said.

The officers who released him were following protocol that’s followed when diplomats and others are stopped, McGee said.

The diplomat was given citations accusing him of drunken driving and speeding, Roswell police Officer Lisa Holland told WSB-TV, which first reported the case.

“It’s going to be up to higher authorities as to what they’re going to do about the charges,” McGee told The Associated Press early Wednesday. “It’s going to be up to them at this point what they want to work out.”

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 04/25/12 - 07:25 am
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Above the law ah.

Above the law ah.

David Parker
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David Parker 04/25/12 - 09:54 am
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The citation was issued, my

The citation was issued, my guess is this will end in dismissal but I won't go off until that is official. Luxury liners and immunity oh MY!!!

raul
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raul 04/25/12 - 12:27 pm
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Hopefully, the Mexican

Hopefully, the Mexican government will call him back to Mexico.

OJP
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OJP 04/25/12 - 02:13 pm
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Diplomatic immunity is a good

Diplomatic immunity is a good way to stop nations from retaliating against one another via their diplomats, and keeping open lines of communication during hostilities.

KSL
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KSL 04/25/12 - 06:46 pm
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Are we undergoing hostilities

Are we undergoing hostilities with Mexico?

I know we have to have consulates, but I'd love nothing better than to rid our shores of the UN.

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USMC 04/25/12 - 08:24 pm
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Let one of our diplomats go

Let one of our diplomats go to mexico and break the law and see what happens!!!

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