June 9, 2014

Andrew Young, former Edwards aide, charged with DWI by Raleigh police

Former John Edwards campaign aide Andrew Young was charged with driving while intoxicated and misdemeanor child abuse in Raleigh early Monday after he and his 13-year-old son left a concert, police said.

Andrew Aldridge Young, former campaign aide to presidential hopeful John Edwards during his bid for the 2008 Democratic nomination, was arrested in Raleigh early Monday on charges of driving while intoxicated and misdemeanor child abuse.

Police stopped Young, 48, of 5016 Thomas Berry Way in Orange County, at 11:45 p.m. Sunday in the 3800 block of Rock Quarry Road, according to a citation issued to him. He was taken into custody shortly after midnight.

In the back seat of the Jeep that Young was driving was his 13-year-old son, records stated. It is common for police to charge child abuse when someone who is cited for driving while impaired has someone younger than 16 in the vehicle.

Young was booked at the Wake County Detention Center and released after posting a $2,000 bond, officials said.

Records show that police asked Young to take a breath test for alcohol shortly before 1 a.m., and he refused. Police seized his driver’s license, as required by state law.

They also show that police then got a search warrant to take a blood sample for analysis.

The case began with a road rage incident in which Young “punched a vehicle” after two cars cut each other off after leaving a concert, Officer P.D. Lands wrote. He said Young had red, glassy eyes and slurred speech, admitted having drunk four beers and performed poorly in field sobriety tests.

Young and his wife, Cheri, were defendants in a civil suit by Edwards’ former mistress, Rielle Hunter, who wanted back video tapes that purported to show her and Edwards having sex and that the Youngs said they had found in a box after Hunter had stayed at their house for a time.

Hunter filed the case in 2010, the same year that Young’s tell-all book, “The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards’s Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down” was published.

Hunter later published her own book, “What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me.”

The tapes that the Youngs had were sealed as evidence in the civil suit, but demanded by federal investigators who were looking into Edwards’ campaign finances.

After the Youngs gave the tapes to the investigators and honored their request not to tell Hunter and her attorneys that they had done that, they faced possible criminal contempt charges in state court because the tapes had been sealed.

In August 2012, Jim Woodall, the district attorney for Orange and Chatham counties, told a judge that there was not sufficient evidence to prosecute the Youngs and win a conviction.

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