DUI Police Reports Contradict Buchanan Statements

DUI Police Reports Contradict Buchanan Statements


10/14/12 As it turns out, Idaho Court records tell quite a different story from what Banning candidate Adam Buchanan wants the public to believe.  Now, for the first time, Banning Informer readers will have access to the police reports on both Buchanan DUIs, as well as other important Court documents.



An Intoxilyzer 5000 measured Buchanan’s blood alcohol level at 50% over the limit (click image to enlarge)

In a Record Gazette Article dated September 21, 2012, candidate Adam Buchanan is quoted as stating that he “had consumed slightly more alcohol than the legal limit allows. “ (source part 1 and  part 2)

As in California, the legal limit in Idaho for DUIs is a blood alcohol level of 0.08. The report of  Coeur D’Alene PD officer Sterling indicates that Buchanan failed an administered standard sobriety test. Subsequently, Buchanan provided two breath samples into a breathalizer of the type “”Intoxilyzer 5000EN”. Between the two samples, the device registered an average blood alcohol level exceeding  0.12  (view entire police report on 1st DUI).

A blood alcohol level of 0.12 is NOT slightly more than the legal limit – rather it is 50% over the legal limit of 0.08. Buchanan therefore lied about the level of his intoxication.



First DUI police report: Buchanan ran an red light while drunk – right in front of the cop

In the same Record Gazette article, Buchanan is quoted as saying that he felt “safe enough to drive”.

Once again, the police report tells quite a different story : Sergeant Turrell of the Coeur D’Alene PD states that he was stopped behind Buchanan at a red light, when Buchanan began rolling forward and subsequently “went through the intersection while the light was still red”, (view entire police report on 1st DUI).

What is described here by Sergeant Turrell is obviously a very dangerous maneuver that could have caused a very serious accident. The report debunks yet another Buchanan tale : running a red light indicates that he was NOT fit to drive by any means.



Buchanan , who claims that his personal life “is an open door”, conveniently left out important details about the second time he was arrested for DUI.

During this incident, Buchanan is said to have almost caused an accident when he made a left turn into oncoming traffic (view police report on 2nd DUI). Once again he failed a sobriety test, but this time he refused the breathalizer. A blood sample was later taken, the results of which have not been made public.



In a “letter to the editor” to the Record Gazette (view), Adam Buchanan explains that during his second DUI arrest,

Police : Buchanan’s  loaded .40 cal Smith & Wesson was carefully hidden and “easily accessible” within reach

he had a weapon in his car because he was “getting ready to move back to Banning”.

A Sheriff inventory list of Buchanan’s car’s content seems to confirm that household items like a flatscreen TV, a fax machine and a  DVD player were indeed in Buchanan’s car.

However, Buchanan’s Smith & Wesson  .40 caliber handgun, serial number RBN0647, was said to have been wedged between the passenger seat and the vehicle’s center console. The gun was found loaded with the magazine inserted and bullets in the magazine.

Kootenai County Sheriff Deputy May states in his report (view) that “a small wooden box was used to wedge the gun against the center portion of the vehicle making the gun easily accessible to Buchanan, but impossible to see from standing outside the vehicle”.

Buchanan may have been moving, but the police report indicates that this was NOT a case of just transporting a gun as Buchanan may want us to believe.



Buchanan’s failure to appear in court caused a warrant being issued for his arrest.

He stated in press interviews that he was never notified by the Idaho Court of an Order to Appear on August 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM.

Yet once again, Idaho Court records quickly debunk this fairy tale: please click to view the Court clerk’s “Certificate of Mailing/Service” (view), dated June 26, 2012 – 6 weeks prior to the hearing date.

The Court’s notice was mailed to Buchanan’s address in Banning. He may claim he never received it, but let’s get real : when was the last time you had an item get lost in the mail ?



Buchanan has been prescribed the anti-depressant Zoloft

Buchanan indicated during his second DUI arrest that he was taking a prescription of the anti depressant “Zoloft” ( see Buchanan “Pre-Booking Information Sheet”) .

Zoloft (generic Sertraline)  is a psychiatric drug that belongs to the family of SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors). The drug is not without controversy : SSRI anti depressants are said to increase the risk of car accidents (even without alcohol).

As of late, “the FDA requires all antidepressants, including sertraline, to carry a black box warning stating that antidepressants may increase the risk of suicide in persons younger than 25.” Buchanan, age 23, falls within this particular risk group.

The manufacturers of Zoloft clearly advise against drinking alcohol while on the medication. However, Adam Buchanan ignored this advice. It seems that Zoloft mixed with alcohol and a loaded gun can indeed be a VERY dangerous combination and a potential recipe for disaster.

Banning City Council candidate Adam Buchanan – photo: Kootenai County Sheriff’s Dept.

Great “leadership” and “judgment” ? That is what shameless Buchanan pumpers like Bob Botts and Barbara Hanna have raved about when they endorsed him – but once again, reality tells us a much different story ….




Buchanan is scheduled for sentencing October 17. In light of the police reports and Court records, his explanations and excuses do not hold much water. We should all remember that he is not a victim, but the perpetrator.

Yet the Record Gazette has printed Buchanan’s statements without challenge, never even checking the facts. Their article appears to largely focus on doing damage control on behalf of Buchanan – who ends up being given an opportunity to lay out his entire campaign platform.

Why would the paper be so easy on Adam Buchanan ? Could it be because Buchanan’s mother, Virginia Bradford, is the office manager at the Record Gazette ?    You decide  !


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