Feb 21, 2013 8:51 AM by AP

DA disbands drunk driver program linked to scandal

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A program that allowed some drunken drivers to wipe their records clean in near-record time has been halted after Lafayette judges balked at continuing the program amid an ongoing federal bribery investigation.

The program, which involved so-called "immediate 894" handling of cases, is at the center of a pay-for-privilege scandal. The investigation has led to four federal indictments, including bribery charges against a former assistant district attorney and two former secretaries in the district attorney's office.

District Attorney Mike Harson said on Tuesday in an email that the "immediate 894" procedures have been discontinued.

The FBI investigation is continuing in the bribery case. Federal prosecutors have said Harson is not a target of the investigation.


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