the paperwork truckers have to deal with, occasionally, some of it gets
lost in the system.
does the system lose the trucker himself.
exactly what happened in Yellowstone County, MT, to Dallas trucker Douglas
Martin. According to media reports, Martin was pulled over in the county
on suspicion of driving under the influence in early October.
time, he requested a public defender. And he assumed one was working on
one was. In fact, local law-enforcement officials had lost Martin, leaving
him in jail with no public defender and no help until they rediscovered
him Feb. 13, four months later and one day before he was supposed to go
prisoner; they had the paperwork,” Martin told The Billings Gazette. “I
didn't know nothing else to do but just sit there and wait.”
have dropped their case against Martin and set him free. However, his driving
partner had long since taken the load and finished their run, and his company – CRST
International of Cedar Rapids, IA – had let him go. Martin is now living
in a shelter for the homeless in Billings and looking for a job.
was apparently forgotten by the system early in the process, after his
video arraignment. The Associated Press reported that he should
have been given a form requesting a public defender. However, Martin reportedly
said he never received the form.
said they had never heard of a case like Martin's.
bizarre,” County Attorney Dennis Paxinos told The Gazette.
was a little more pointed in describing his case.
four months, my job, all my belongings,” he told the newspaper. “It's cold
up here, and I don't know nobody. I need some justice here.”