DA Criticizes Judge Who Freed Wrong-Way OUI Suspect on Bail - NECN


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DA Criticizes Judge Who Freed Wrong-Way OUI Suspect on Bail



    DA Critical of Judge's Ruling

    Jouwan Gamble, accused of leading police on a chase going the wrong way drunk on a highway, was let out on $1,500 bail. The DA prosecuting him is highly critical of the judge's decision. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016)

    A man accused of driving drunk and leading police on a wrong-way chase on a Massachusetts highway is out on $1,500 bail, and a district attorney is irate with the judge who granted it.

    The message from Bristol County DA Tom Quinn is simple: Considering his history and what he's accused of, there's no way Jouwan Gamble should be out of jail.

    "Not the first time it's happened," Quinn said.

    Quinn says the 23-year-old Wareham resident led police on a dangerous ride. In the early morning hours of Nov. 19, he allegedly headed east down I-195 west, getting chased by police at high speeds as cars going the right way dodged and called 911. He was finally stopped in Marion.

    When he went before a judge, though, he was released on bail. The prosecutor had asked that bail in a pending OUI case against Gamble be revoked and $25,000 added on top of that, essential keeping Gamble behind bars.

    Judge John Julian denied all that and let Gamble out.

    While necn tried to contact Julian about this, we were referred to the public information office. A spokesperson said neither the judge nor the office could comment on a pending case. She also pointed out that Gamble's bail came with conditions that he stay drug and alcohol free and not operate a motor vehicle.

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