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Man sentenced after trying to run down deputy

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 5:19 PM
Last updated 6:39 PM
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A man charged with trying to run over a deputy while driving drunk received one year probation Wednesday in superior court.

Robert Rule pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor charges for the March 14 incident at Wild Wing Café on Washington Road, in which he attempted to strike a deputy with his 2010 Chrysler 300, according to an indictment and his attorney, Portland Campanaro.

An indictment also says that he ignored a deputy’s lights and sirens and drove at a “high rate of speed” through the parking lot. Rule was originally charged with aggravated assault, driving under the influence, fleeing and attempting to elude and reckless driving.

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americafirst
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americafirst 08/31/11 - 05:37 pm
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You have got to be kidding!!

You have got to be kidding!!

dougk
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dougk 08/31/11 - 05:46 pm
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Somebody knows somebody!
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Somebody knows somebody!
And, is this the guy who came up with rules of order?? Sounds like a pseudonym.

happychimer
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happychimer 08/31/11 - 05:52 pm
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Officers did not shoot him. I

Officers did not shoot him. I wonder why.

dougk
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dougk 08/31/11 - 06:07 pm
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I know why and so do you,
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I know why and so do you, happy.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/31/11 - 06:35 pm
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The name will certainly be

The name will certainly be easy to remember when it appears in his next criminal act. Hope he doesn't kill anyone the next time around.

luismartinez
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luismartinez 08/31/11 - 07:30 pm
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It's all about the money!

It's all about the money!

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 08/31/11 - 07:41 pm
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Apparently the lives of our

Apparently the lives of our deputies are not valued very much by our system. Travesty.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 08/31/11 - 07:42 pm
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Sickening, the dui alone
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Sickening, the dui alone should have gotten him more than that if our bleeding heart system wasn't so backwards. He doesn't know anyone, all duis are slaps on the wrist, and he doesnt have a record around here. It seems his Judge was Overstreet, who appears to be the same one who gave the lady who has been in and out of prison for felony thefts then got her daughter to steal with her probation when the state asked for harsher punishment, in the other article.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/31/11 - 07:45 pm
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When are judges going to

When are judges going to learn, when there is not a sufficient consequence, the perpetrators must repeat the learning process. Geez, you'd think they would get it sometime before they retire!

xpresso1
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xpresso1 08/31/11 - 09:48 pm
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This is so stupid...and

This is so stupid...and people wonder why crime gets so bad in Richmond County...BECAUSE PEOPLE GET AWAY WITH A SLAP ON THE WRIST!!!!!!!!

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/31/11 - 09:57 pm
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Happy Chimer and DougK,

Happy Chimer and DougK, officers do not always shoot at vehicles attempting to run them over but when they do, it is 100% justified, as it should be. Every officer has to make a split second decision in a situation such as this and as long as they walk away alive an innocent bystanders are not hurt, we should be appreciative. There are many reasons a deputy may not shoot to include this was a crowded parking lot with many individuals present. As for those that have had to shoot, they should be commended for doing their job well.

Now, to the real problem here...AC, We NEED TO KNOW who the judge was in this case as this is absolutely pathetic justice. No respect for law enforcement, no respect for the laws of our country, no respect for DUI laws, no respect for the pedestrians and other vehicles and what do you get....1 year probation - Absolutely Absurd -- This is one case where the DA's Office actually should appeal the decision of the judge.

happychimer
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happychimer 08/31/11 - 10:06 pm
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not always 100% jusified all

not always 100% jusified all the time

billyjones1949
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billyjones1949 08/31/11 - 10:06 pm
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Tell us why it is dougk.

Tell us why it is dougk.

happychimer
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happychimer 08/31/11 - 10:21 pm
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just because someone says

just because someone says they are a cop does not mean they are. GBI is looking for a man in south GA posing as an officer. He has a car with blue lights, and has pulled 4 cars over. If a car with flashing blue lights wants me to pull over, I will call to verify they are a cop.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 08/31/11 - 10:31 pm
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Agree 100% with xpresso.

Agree 100% with xpresso. Never lived anywhere like this in my entire life.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/31/11 - 10:37 pm
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Happy, yes, if a Deputy

Happy, yes, if a Deputy shoots at a vehicle that is in fact "trying to run him over" as I stated, then he is 100% justified in his actions. There are other options available as well but shooting is an appropriate option as well.

Frankly, I can only assume as to your "I wonder why" comment but it may have been legitimate so I will not address it other than as I did in my original post. Every officer must decide how to react in a split second taking into account their surroundings, options, and the "what if's" - the human response is to "stay alive" and therefore many will react in various ways. As for "not shooting" and stopping the threat right then and there, the vehicle could have just as easily pulled out of Wild Wings while trying to fell from the deputies into Washington Road and killed a family of four. Various offices have dealt with situations such as this and many receive different training and have watched various videos, etc. where situations such as this occur - in these split seconds (or maybe even in training for the what if's in life) some have already prepared their selves to shoot and others have decided to simply try to jump out of the way. Either response can be justified just like either response can result in the death of the deputy, suspect or other citizens.

Bottom line, this sentencing from the Superior Court Judge is pathetic. I would hope that at least we could all agree with that?

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/31/11 - 10:45 pm
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Happy, you are talking apples

Happy, you are talking apples to watermelons....with over 50,000 cops in Georgia alone, you bring up something that happens very rarely within this or any state. Furthermore, it has nothing to do with this incident where a uniformed deputy in a well lit public area was attempting to stop a drunk driver from leaving and possibly killing others.

There is nothing wrong with, as you said, verifying that an officer attempting a traffic stop with a "blue light" is a cop. In Georgia only fully marked vehicles may conduct traffic stops. However, there is a big difference with you driving slowly while speaking with 911 to verify that the vehicle behind you is in fact a police car vs. trying to run over a uniformed deputy while drunk and running from a fully marked black/grey Richmond County Patrol Car with a light bar on top of the vehicle.

dougk
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dougk 08/31/11 - 10:53 pm
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i have a friend who got
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i have a friend who got three years probation for expired tags....want to guess the color of his skin?....I guess he should be consider himself lucky for not being shot.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/31/11 - 11:10 pm
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DougK, for those who think it

DougK, for those who think it is all about race, your mind is made up before anything even happens so debate really isn't even worth it.

As for your friend, you obviously are not being truthful or telling the entire story. The MAXIMUM allowed by law for such an offense is 1 year and/or $1,000.00 as a misdemeanor. If in fact the only charge was an expired tag, 3 years isn't even allowed by law to be issued as a punishment.

A lady today was sentenced to 4 years’ probation for stealing even though she has a long criminal history. http://augustacrime.com/maxine-leverett/# - Just so you don't have to guess the color of her skin, I included a link. A 27 year old white male attempted to run over officers attempting to arrest him with drugs in Richmond County not long ago, he was shot and killed, amazing how NO COMMENTS blamed the police for doing their job appropriately. Cops don't have time to take skin color into account when trying to stay alive.

Now, as for the court system being unfair, I agree - sentencing is very often misguided and sometimes an outright joke. However, it is more with what judge is assigned combined with the wealth (or lack thereof) of the suspect which decides which attorney he can afford.

Here's an idea though that works for everyone of all races....follow the laws of the land and you don't have anything to worry about.

truth_be_told
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truth_be_told 08/31/11 - 11:18 pm
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Last year Michael Nestor was

Last year Michael Nestor was gunned down for less by deputies. So, if you can get away you get no jail time at all? BS BS BS BS

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 09/01/11 - 02:31 am
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Who was the judge? Who was

Who was the judge? Who was the defense attorney?

By the way, the judge should be sent packing the next time his/her post comes up for reelection.

EMS6465
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EMS6465 09/01/11 - 05:07 am
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It is not the judges fault.

It is not the judges fault. He just goes with what ever the plea arraingement was. Blame the States Attorney that made the deal. Sounds like he or she just wants to up there conviction rate to look good for the bosses instead of providing justice.

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 09/01/11 - 09:51 am
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According to augustaga.gov,

According to augustaga.gov, it was Judge Overstreet. But EMS is right - it could have been a deal cut by the ADA on the case. So, if you don't like the deal (which, obviously there was one since the charges were reduced) then you need to blame Ashley Wright's office.

This story reminds me a little bit of this case involving a new attorney a few years back: http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2007/10/30/met_149786.shtml

happychimer
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happychimer 09/01/11 - 10:10 am
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It is up to the judge what

It is up to the judge what the sentence will be. He does not have to sentence a person to what prosecuters suggest.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/01/11 - 10:28 am
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After reading this and the

After reading this and the comments I can't help but wonder....we hear all the time about lack sentencing and people getting away with breaking the law, judging and our law enforcement officers not getting the criminals off our street.

Then in the next, we have people in jail serving time for minor drug violations but we complain that they shouldn't be sentence to jail, waste of money, having a little bit of weed on them is no big thing.

Our jails are slap full and our justice sytem seems like a revolving door. Which is it people, do we want all who break the law sentenced and spend time in jail, or do we want what we consider minor offenses let go to serve probation.

Truthfully, this probably was some guy who went into Wild Wings and had too much to drink, got into his car and the office attempted to stop him from leaving. Guy (being drunk) tries to evade the police and leave. Was he really trying to run over the officer (who knows). How fast could he have gone in that tight small parking lot anyway. Yeah, charge him with DUI or public drunkeness, let him sober up and make him do some community service. Seems more productive than sitting in jail for 6 months. But this is just my opinion.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/01/11 - 10:33 am
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happy, although part of you

happy, although part of you comment (10:10am) is true about the judge deciding the sentence, I do believe there are maximum and minimums pertaining to the charges the defendant is finally charged with. If the maximum is 30 days in jail, the judge can't sentence him to 90 days in jail. If the minimum is a year probation, he can't order him 30 days probation.

I have not factual documenation on that and it's been a while since I worked for law enforcement so if this has changed or not accurrate, someone feel free to correct me.

happychimer
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happychimer 09/01/11 - 10:41 am
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InChrist I know about minimum

InChrist I know about minimum and maximum sentences, but it is up to the judge to decide what the sentence will be, based on the law. If minimum is 30 days and maximum is 1 yr, the judge decides what in that time frame the sentence will be.

happychimer
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happychimer 09/01/11 - 10:45 am
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I know this for a fact.

I know this for a fact. Kidnapping in GA carries a minimum of 10 yrs. with no chance of parole. So a judge can't sentence below 10 yrs. the whole 10 yrs. have to be served. Other serious crimes should be like that.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 09/01/11 - 11:06 am
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so if a guy is said to be
Unpublished

so if a guy is said to be trying to run over a cop but actually is backing up and slowly drives around him, he gets multiple cops shooting at him on his way out, but this guy did try to run over a cop driving recklessly in a parking lot and gets probation? sounds right.

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Riverman1 09/01/11 - 11:21 am
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What BroadStNarrowMind just

What BroadStNarrowMind just said. I've been thinking the same thing. This cop deserves nothing but praise. On the other hand, with the you know who killing....

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