Ryan Crocker, former U.S. ambassador, faces charges of DUI and hit-and-run in the state of Washington after hitting a semi-truck while trying to do a right turn. The 63-year old ex-ambassador had 0.16 blood alcohol content at the time of the incident, twice the legal limit.
Crocker was reported to be driving a convertible 2009 Mustang and was asked to pull over in the left lane after a red light. Briggs reported that he attempted turning right in the right lane when the light turned green. Crocker’s vehicle had spun out after the collision, but the former ambassador still tried to keep driving. One witness from a nearby bank saw the incident and reported it to the police.
According to Briggs, Crocker gave full cooperation, although he was severely intoxicated. KXLY-TV reported that the next day, Crocker pleaded not guilty. Julie Twyford, attorney of Crocker, was not keen on immediately reporting to the Associated Press about the whole situation. It was just last month when Crocker retired from his foreign service. He worked as a U.S. foreign ambassador for three decades across the globe, most recently in Afghanistan.
He was ambassador for America six times and an Arabic speaker. By taking President Obama’s request, he took an early retirement last year. Crocker mentioned it was because of health reasons that he is retiring from his duties as a foreign ambassador for the country. He has been an ambassador in Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon.
Crocker was present during the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut last 1983, which had 63 casualties, 17 of which were Americans. In Syria back in 1998, his residence was looted by local mobs. In Kabul last September 2011, the embassy was attacked by insurgents while he was the ambassador there. For being the ambassador of Iraq from 2007 to 2009, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George Bush. This is considered the most prestigious honor a civilian can have.
He is reported to be currently on leave from being the dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service in Texas A&M University. He is currently scheduled for a court appearance in September 12, 2012.
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