NEW INFO: Former Cherry Point Commander Case Continued

For the second time the case of a former Marine base commanding offer accused of drunk driving has been continued in court.

Col. Douglas Denn, who was commander at Cherry Point when he was arrested, was scheduled to appear in Carteret County District Court on Wednesday. He's accused of driving drunk.

Court records show that Denn was charged in October with driving while impaired, speeding and possession of an open container/consumption of alcohol in passenger area. Records showed his blood alcohol content was .14%.

Denn was named commander at Cherry Point in August of 2009 and stripped of that command a day after news of his arrest got out.

A new court date was not immediately available.


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  • by PO Location: G-ville on Jan 27, 2011 at 02:03 AM
    They'll continue it forever then drop the case... Looks like he off to a good start... Corrupt system here in Eastern NC
  • by Anonymous Location: ENC on Jan 26, 2011 at 05:58 PM
    My late father caused three serious auto crashes before he quit driving. Because he was a former local cop, the local police just covered everthing up. He was a serious danger to everyone around him on the roads. Have my own breathalizer. Can easily blow a 0.17 with three quick beers on an empty stomach. Would prefer that this top gun combat pilot at a 0.14 be on the roads with me than my late father. Any time and any day of the week.
  • by voter Location: nc on Jan 26, 2011 at 02:10 PM
    anon@ 0304; you are exactly right. some posters need to loose their mightier than thou attitude. i wish the col. the best.
  • by Bob Location: newport on Jan 26, 2011 at 01:28 PM
    God is a little more forgiving than the state of North Carolina. This man drove a car on public roads while drunk, endangering other peoples lives. i don't care who he is or what he has accomplished. They should throw the book at him. After all what kind of example is he to the Corp or his fellow man.
  • by Anonymous Location: j'ville on Jan 26, 2011 at 12:04 PM
    He was caught driving with his lisense revoked after the DWI- I read somewhere. Personally, think he got a lot like I did around his age. After trying so hard for so long to do everything to perfection, got to where I was acting much like him. With his accomplishments, he had to be highly stressed. Don't be so quick to judge this individual. He was a top notch pilot. None of use are immune to the stress of life. Judge not least you be judged (by God that is- not the Marine Corps ). I say get off his back.
  • by Major Dad Location: ENC on Jan 26, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    WITN: Do you guys know if the Col is still on active duty or has he been retired ??
  • by John Location: Greenville on Jan 26, 2011 at 10:54 AM
    A "lapse in judgement" is tossing a cold beer to a buddy in a crowded room. Tossing back several cold ones and getting behind the wheel of a car is a little more serious than a "lapse in judgement."
  • by MSgt USMC (ret) Location: Kinston on Jan 26, 2011 at 09:43 AM
    This Marine's career is over due to his own lapse in judgement. He will accept the punishment of the court system, and submit his resignation letter as soon as the trial is over, if he hasn't already done so. Stop flogging a dead horse.
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