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Elizabeth Rust's Next Court Appearance Delayed

The Sudbury town employee who is facing a third OUI charge will next appear before a judge on Sept. 21

today had her pretrial conference delayed until Sept. 21, the Framingham District Court clerk's office said.

According to Sudbury Police Lt. Scott Nix, her lawyer, Seamus L. O'Kelly, has requested discovery from the department. Nix said they are complying.

She can drive Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. She cannot drive during the weekends.

Rust pleaded not guilty to the charge and has been subjected to random alcohol tests. Judge Robert Harbour stated she must also attend two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week and cannot drink any alcohol.

According to the police report obtained at the clerk’s office, Rust told Officer Erin Corey she had recently left after Town Meeting ended the night of May 8. Rust repeatedly told Corey she worked for the town.

Corey asked Rust if she would take road sobriety tests, and originally agreed. But Rust started to complain of dizziness and was transported to Emerson Hospital.

Corey noted in her report there was a strong odor of alcohol emanating from Rust, that her speech was slurred and her eyes were bloodshot.

At one point, Corey also noted Rust said she couldn't see her despite standing 2 feet away.

Sudbury police opted to cite Rust rather than arrest her that night due to staffing.

The was also ordered to release all records regarding the crash from May 9.

The prosecutor is Dannon Stacer.

SueChap August 28, 2012 at 05:11 PM
haynes, noyes, and nixon parents should take heed. rust is still on the road when their children are being transported to and from school. she lives near haynes, drives past nixon, and parks near noyes. politicians in sudbury DO let friends and employees drive drunk.
Dr.Rosen-rosen August 29, 2012 at 02:00 AM
This is no longer newsworthy and is just put up here to get clicks and related back to Lavender-gate. Leave the woman alone already. Report on the trial, but not meaningless court appearances. There will be many more. Fucci, why did you wait until the day school starts to report on a court appearance from last week? Same reason you waited to post about Mrs. Donohue on the day before school starts...Eyeballs and clicks. That's all you care about. Disgusting.
Robert Fucci (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 02:06 AM
For the record, the court date was supposed to happen today, and that's why there was a story on it. If you care to put your real name to your comments I'd be happy to continue the debate on whether this is still newsworthy.
Edward Stark August 29, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Hey Dr Rosen not sure if you're aware but drinking and driving is illegal because you can actually kill someone when you're doing it. Not sure if you're also aware that a third time offender is considered a felon. Not sure if you're also aware that this felon and town employee as the Regional Housing Director drives her car during work hours in Sudbury as well as our neighboring towns. As a result we the people of Sudbury are 100% responsible if she were to get liquored up during these work hours and plow into somebody. I would like to believe that this would never happen but then again we are talking about a THREE TIME offender here no we should never say never. I'd say it's all news worthy. And lay off the Fuch. All he has done is report the facts from day one. I'm just glad that somebody in Sudbury finally is.
Dr.Rosen-rosen August 29, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Mr. Eyeballs and Clicks, if you have ever covered a Mass. criminal matter, you should know there are several court appearances and pretrials before the actual trial, and these appearances are of no value. No one else here puts there real name on the comments and that's how you folks have set up the comment interface. Why should I? Ms. Rust is not a public figure yet you report on her case like it's TMZ or something. It's just low class, tabloid style reporting. I don't think your sponsors or advertisers think highly of the constant police blotter stuff. It's unseamly. I certainly wouldn't want my product or services associated with this stuff.
Robert Fucci (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 02:33 AM
"No one else here puts there real name on the comments ... " Bob Stein, Pat Brown are real names in the comments, to name a couple. If we can so can you. And if I didn't care about "clicks" this site would have shut down a long time ago. That's the business of online publications. Without clicks advertisers shy away. Seems obvious that's how it works.
Dr.Rosen-rosen August 29, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Mr. Stark, actually drinking and driving is perfectly legal. People have a beer or cocktail (or two) with dinner and drive home all the time. Drinking while intoxicated and under the influence is illegal and that requires a BAC of over 0.08. Do you know how many drinks she had before driving? No you don't and there was no breathalyzer test or field sobriety tests given by the officer at the scene. In fact, she was not even arrested at the scene. And why was that? Perhaps it's because the officer did not think she was intoxicated otherwise he would have performed those tests and arrested her! The fact that he didn't is strong evidence that she was not legally intoxicated. Under our constitution, she is presumed innocent until found guilty and that has not occurred and based on what's going to be admissible at trial, I don't think she will be convicted. So she is not a three time offender, nor will she be most likely. In any event, you also have no idea what she has been doing in recovery, etc. since being arrested. People make mistakes and Ms. Rust probably made a mistake in this case. But that doesn't justify having her name smeared over the Patch every month. It is only allegedly newsworthy because she is a town employee and she was at Lavender that night. If she were a regular shmo like you or me, it would not be publicized. So lay the hell off her.
Dr.Rosen-rosen August 29, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Well, I will exercise my constitutional and AOL right to remain anonymous. Have a good night and find a good/happy/inspirational story to write about for a change. Maybe kids' first day at school, or Boy Scouts or fundraiser or something more positive than this crappola!!!!
Robert Fucci (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Sweet dreams! There will be an update tomorrow involving a fundraiser a local student is heading. Hope that suffices.
Kevin August 29, 2012 at 11:21 AM
'Rust repeatedly told the officer she worked for the town ' Is she related to the Kennedy's because she is going to get off ....no mention of the offer of a breathalyzer test . If she walks it is because of the way Sudbury Police handled this ..Rust is a professional at this ...dont take the field sobriety test and fake dizziness to get to go to the hospital . Was there a blood test at the hospital ? You cna bet there would have been staffing that night to arrest anyone else . Town is a joke and getting worse ...Andy ?
Enuff August 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Dr. Rosen-rosen, This is absolutely news because if she were a shmo like you or I she would have lost her license on the spot. She would not get a hardship license to get to work. She would have lost her job. She would have been arrested. She would have had a breathalyzer test. However, none of this has happened. Why not?
Kirsten Vandijk August 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Beth Rust should not only have lost her license to drive a vehicle but the Town of Sudbury should have terminated her. Her actions mandated both reactions yet neither have been realized. Most people look to our leaders for exemplary behavior but this is just one more instance where the Town of Sudbury falls dramatically short of expectations.
SkimThreePercent August 29, 2012 at 01:50 PM
My takeaway turns on the fact that here in Sudbury, the Town services that we pay for, whether delivered by “shmoes” or rather "special, beautiful people" come at premium prices, but when measured by any conceivable standard, are of unacceptably poor quality, appearance, and taste. It's an absolute disgrace. It never changes. It only gets worse. But it’s not about this individual. The Lavender incident should not be forgotten, but seen as the beacon for change on the road to honest, competent and transparent local government which has been missing for over twenty years now.
Edward Stark August 29, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Kirsten I could not agree with you more. What type of example are we setting here? If Rust is indeed convicted I hope leadership finally does the right thing and lets Rust go. Sudbury has become a dumb town with many smart people living in it.
Dr.Rosen-rosen August 29, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Kirsten, in the United States you are presumed innocent until found guilty by a jury. Or did you forget that aspect of the U.S. Constitution? You seem to operate under a Soviet era shoot-first-ask-questions-later regime. It's a good thing you are not in a position of authority because clearly you have no respect for the rule of law or our constitutional rights. Ms. Rust is not a town leader; she is an employee. There is due process in this country and even in this town. You don't fire an employee for an alcohol problem; you help them. But you wouldn't care about that because you are judgmental and only see one side of the issue, your own. What ever happened to helping people who have fallen down? Most folks who have multiple OUI's are dealing with alcoholism and addiction. As recognized by the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association, it is a disease. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disease_theory_of_alcoholism If she is convicted, get her treatment and help, not kick her to the curb. Now that's real compassion and would teach a real lesson to others. God help any friend or family member of yours who has a drinking, drug or mental health problem. You would probably advocate the firing squad. You people make me sick.
Dr.Rosen-rosen August 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Not true at all. License suspensions only arise for breathalyzer results over 0.08 or test refusal. Actually, the judge was probably out of bounds by limiting her license to work hours. I don't know why the cop didn't arrest her. I don't think he knew her from his account in the police report. It didn't sound like he thought she was legally intoxicated. I don't think this was any type of conspiracy theory.
Edward Stark August 30, 2012 at 12:02 AM
With all due respect to Dr Rosen, Beth Rust is a THREE TIME offender. She could have killed someone on at least THREE occasions that we know of. If she is found guilty not only should she be fired but she should probably do some jail time. She's had TWO other chances to get some help, it's time for some tough love now. I would be willing to bet that Ms Rust may be more concerned about getting off innocent than getting help.
Kevin August 30, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Dr Rose , get your facts straight . The officer was a woman . This lady hit a rock , smelled like alcohol , had glassy eyes and said she just left Lavender and it was what time ? Then she pulled the old Kennedy retort numerous times when asked to take a field sobriety test ' do you know who I am ' , according to the police report. Then when that failed she said she was 'dizzzy ' . The mistake this officer made was not asking her to take a breathalyzer test , unless that was buried i didnt see it , and thus she will walk from this and be on the roads again . Tell your wife , friend , or family member to find work somewhere else because I have three children in this town and I dont trust Mayberry Police Force to keep my kids safe .
arbly August 30, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Kevin this is not a Mayberry police force it is the Sudbury police force and I for one think they are doing a great job. Mr rosen who by the way is not a doctor of his own speak in an earlier blog , could you tell why you have such affection for dui.. I have had the bad fortune of one before and learned the lesson well. as I speak from the pulpet why don't you tell the truth as to your problem with Fucci posting her ongoing ordeal.. I do pay her salary..
Kevin August 30, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Arbly ..are you boozing now ? please get a taxi home ....I have no problem with Mr Fucci posting the ongoing 'ordeal'. I can't wait for the post that she got off because Mayberry PF let her go to the hospital . I pay her salary as well as the officers.
Songs About Sudbury August 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM
It would be easier to have sympathy for our employee if she did not seem to hold those who disagree with her agenda (the majority of Sudbury voters) in contempt. Read her various editorials.
Kirsten Vandijk August 30, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a criminal offense. Criminal offenses are an expected reason for terminating employment. Indeed I need to be judgmental these days as far too many times the extenuating circumstances of actions seem more important than the actions themselves. Whether bad choices or bad genes, Beth Rust has repeatedly driven under the influence of alcohol and in the case of May 9 I indeed will act as jury and analyze the female Police Officer's report that clearly indicated lack of sobriety on the part of Beth Rust. I believe in the justice system. I believe in the right to feel safe when driving or riding my bicycle or walking along the streets where Beth Rust and all of the other people who commit the criminal offense of driving under the influence commit their crimes. No, I am definitely not a "gray area' person. I am very "black and white". And it works for me.
Enuff August 30, 2012 at 01:00 PM
It would also be easier to have sympathy if the two Selectmen and the Town Manager who were at Lavenders didn't try to hide what happened. The third selectman finds out from Sudbury Patch? Seems deceptive to me. Lots of poor judgement by our leaders in town.
Dr.Rosen-rosen August 30, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Last comment, if you truly believe in the justice system, then let the justice system made the ultimate determination in a court of law. Until then, hold your judgment. There are always two sides to every story...always. If she is in fact convicted, she will face mandatory minimum 5 months in jail, and she will certainly lose her job. And all you folks will be jumping with glee, I suspect. There is no need to feel unsafe. She's being alcohol tested randomly. If she drinks, her pretrial probation will be revoked and she could go to jail. She's going to AA meetings; she's getting help. Give her a chance to recover and get help. That's all...
Kirsten Vandijk August 30, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I am able to separate my genuine desire to see a person with a disease be treated and my belief in the justice system. They should be mutually exclusive, in my opinion. If they are not, and one is to take under consideration the fact that Beth Rust has a disease that affects her ability to make sound choices, then I would even more vehemently support the permanent revocation of her driver's license because she theoretically is not in control of her actions but her disease is. Alcoholism is not curable, last I read, but is manageable. An alcoholic with a history of repeat DUI offenses can not be predictably trusted to never drive drunk again. Logic 101.
Dr.Rosen-rosen September 04, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Well, the law and sentencing policy says they are not mutually exclusive. everything will be taken into account, including her treatment and recovery program. Ignition interlock system helps with your fears. Which is now mandated for second time offenders. Operator has to blow 0.0 or the car won't start. It can also track dummy operators so there's no switch. I don't agree with your last statement. There are hundreds of thousands of recovered alcoholics with repeat OUI's who are no risk to anyone. A high school kid is far more dangerous on the roads. Now if you permanently suspend her license so she can no longer be gainfully employed, don't you think that would increase the risk of relapse?
Kirsten Vandijk September 04, 2012 at 04:55 PM
An individual seeking employment in most careers is not required to drive a vehicle. I do not see the correlation here. Beth Rust more than likely will not seek employment as a driver of any service vehicles such as a taxi cab or pizza delivery van.
Thrice Rusty September 04, 2012 at 06:00 PM
There's a very good chance Beth Rust is going to lose her license for some period of time. That being said NEVER FEAR... ...VALENTE and KABLACK to the rescue. They've already issued an RFP so we can hire a part time employee to drive Beth Rust around. How beautiful is that? Talk about job security. Break the law (3 times) and your boss and her boss come up with a plan to continue to enable your bad habits. If you don't believe me it's on the Town of Sudbury website. You just make this stuff up.
Liz Ryan December 27, 2012 at 08:06 AM
Do you live in Sudbury? Because if you do, then this is absolutely newsworthy. If you live in town and think otherwise, you must be a friend of the defendant.
Liz Ryan December 27, 2012 at 08:08 AM
enuff already Ms Rust, er, I mean 'dr rosen-rosen' hahahahahahahaha

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