Feedback: Former Prosecutor Speaks Out About DWI Arrest

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By Diane Rutherford

Until yesterday, Aaron Carr was a senior assistant district attorney for Jefferson County. Now, he's out of a job and facing drunk driving charges.

In an extremely candid interview, Carr spoke out about hitting rock bottom.

"I wanted to reach out and apologize to the community. There's no excuse whatsoever for my conduct," he said.

Carr says he's taking full responsibility for the actions which led to his drunk driving arrest.

He admits he's an alcoholic who was able to function well - at least until recently.

"I would say that it's been sort of getting progressively worse over the last several years," he said.

On the day of his arrest, Carr had been at work. When he got home, he says he started drinking - having no idea how much he consumed before getting into his car. He says he's glad people called police to report his reckless driving.

"I'm only thankful that no one was injured. I don't think I would have been able to live with myself if something like that had happened," he said.

Carr, like many people who heard the news, was amazed his blood alcohol content was .32 percent - more than four times the legal limit.

"It may have been influenced somewhat by gastric bypass surgery that I had several years ago, which affects the sort of rate that alcohol is absorbed," he said.

In addition to criminal charges, Carr could face losing his license to practice law.

"It certainly feels like rock bottom, but I have a lot of support from family and friends and I'm just very sad to have disappointed my boss and the community," he said.

Carr is now focused on getting help for his alcoholism.

He says he'll probably turn to an inpatient treatment program within the next couple of days.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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