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Rosemount Man Previously Convicted of Vehicular Homicide Arrested Again for DUI

Police arrested James Geraghty Bouchard on felony DUI charges. Bouchard was convicted in 2006 of causing a crash that killed an Apple Valley man.

A Rosemount man who was convicted in 2006 of causing a car crash that killed an Apple Valley man was arrested over the weekend on felony drunken-driving charges.

James Geraghty Bouchard, 28, is being held in the Dakota County Jail on a $75,000 bond after he was arrested just after 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 2.

Bouchard is being held pending charges of first-degree driving under the influence, obstructing the legal process, fleeing a peace officer by a means other than a motor vehicle and disorderly conduct. He is scheduled to make a first appearance on those charges Dec. 4 in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.

Bouchard was convicted in 2006 of criminal vehicular homicide in the death of a passenger in his car, Joshua Paul Ruggles, 25, of Apple Valley.

Authorities said Bouchard was drunk, with a blood-alcohol content of .19 percent – more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent – when he crashed his car into a tree in an Apple Valley front yard early on the morning of Jan. 28, 2006.

When police arrived, they found a tree lying across the front of Bouchard’s car, pinning both him and Ruggles inside. Ruggles was declared dead at the scene.

A subsequent accident reconstruction determined that Bouchard was driving at a minimum speed of 73 mph in an oncoming lane of traffic before he lost control of the car, went airborne and sheared off a tree in a front yard.

Bouchard’s car traveled another 62 feet before it came to rest in the yard, according to authorities. Because of the limitations of physical evidence and the impact of the tree, 73 mph was a “very conservative estimate” of the car’s speed.

Bouchard was sentenced to seven years of supervised probation after that conviction. He has since been accused of violating terms of his probation several times and remains under court supervision.

Kathy Woudstra December 05, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Once again, a chronic drunk, who was "under supervision" after killing his passenger in 2006 while severely intoxicated, risks the lives of others. Meanwhile, the so-called "alcoholic disease" excuse is shoved under the rug. A drunk who kills, and continues to drink and drive, is a cold-blooded killer. It is well known that people like this will get off after a little slap on the wrists and a fine, while the rest of us will still be in danger from this selfish addict. He needs to be put away; too bad the system allows him to be out there to repeat his chosen behavior.
Larrene Unzelman-Kaderabek December 25, 2012 at 12:22 AM
It is people like this that are trouble makers that need to go to jail when they break probation. It sounds like many times. He should not have been out to have another DUI!!!! Hopefully he will have to serve time not just for this and past offenses but for the manslaughter also! I am sure he is using the excuse, "I drink because I killed a man." And the one "Alcoholism is a disease." Yes, it is. But it does't mean you have to drive.
A.S. January 04, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Despite what you two people think, he is a well respected, hardworking, trustworthy & loyal member of our community.... look up the facts surrounding the 2006 incident & I bet you will have a change of attitude!! Don't judge what your uneducated about!! You may also want to look up the facts surrounding this most recent incident as well, instead of just believing everything written on the internet!!
KLR January 31, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Dear A.S. I am not sure who you are or what you know about the incident in 2006, but let me tell you a few facts. The passenger was 25 years old who was responsible enough NOT to be driving while drinking and trusted Mr. Bouchard, one of his best friends to be the sober cab for the night. The victim, Josh Ruggles has two loving parents, a loving sister, a niece, Grandparents and many many many other family and friends that loved him deeply. Whether the information in these articles is true or not, the FACT is that Mr. Bouchard was drunk and killed his passenger. He was sentenced to less than a year in Jail with the understanding that if he offended again he would pay for what he did. I had sympathy for him. I sat in the court room with him during all his court appearances in 2006. My parents and I even ask the judge to lessen his sentence because he was barely 21 and because it was his friend, someone he took the life of and we thought he learned his lesson. I guess so did he since he told me, my family, all of our friends, the courts and shared his story with hundreds of thousands of people when a video about this was shared to schools and offices all around.
KLR January 31, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Dear A.S. I am not sure who you are or what you know about the incident in 2006, but let me tell you a few facts. The passenger was 25 years old who was responsible enough NOT to be driving while drinking and trusted Mr. Bouchard, one of his best friends to be the sober cab for the night. The victim, Josh Ruggles has two loving parents, a loving sister, a niece, Grandparents and many many many other family and friends that loved him deeply. Whether the information in these articles is true or not, the FACT is that Mr. Bouchard was drunk and killed his passenger. He was sentenced to less than a year in Jail with the understanding that if he offended again he would pay for what he did. I had sympathy for him. I sat in the court room with him during all his court appearances in 2006. My parents and I even ask the judge to lessen his sentence because he was barely 21 and because it was his friend, someone he took the life of and we thought he learned his lesson. I guess so did he since he told me, my family, all of our friends, the courts and shared his story with hundreds of thousands of people when a video about this was shared to schools and offices all around.
KLR January 31, 2013 at 08:48 PM
CONTINUED: Maybe you should get the FACTS correct, no one said that he isn't a hard working person; no one said he isn't well respected and no one said he isn’t loyal either. The fact that Mr. Bouchard was on Probation from drinking for 7 years which was not up when he was arrested with alcohol in his system on Dec. 2. Also, the fact is you were not there when the accident took place and since Mr. Bouchard attested in court and to all his friends and to his family that he doesn't remember the accident, I am not sure how you can know all the facts. Each person that has commented on this has said that he deserves to pay for what he has done. If you want to defend Mr. Bouchard’s actions, I suggest you do it at his court hearing because he is going to need all the help he can get. I say shame on me and my family for thinking he would change his life. We gave him a second chance and he blew it, not just once either. We will now do everything we can to make sure that he pays for what he has done in the past and make sure he never hurts anyone ever again. He deserves to rot away in a jail cell where he has no access to alcohol, so other families; those such as mine don't have to suffer from him hurting someone else. Kasey Ruggles, sister to the victim, Josh
ally February 01, 2013 at 12:21 AM
he was STUPID, josh was my brother and we should have pressed charges. we gave him a chance to change, respected, hardworking??? is that what you call you a killer now days. A.S you need to get your facts straight, the only reason this loser is free right now is because my family should your moron some mercey that he didnt deseve. i hope for everyones sake this man get put where he belongs, BEHIND BARS.
MAS May 25, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Dear A.S. He might be a well respected, hardworking, trustworthy and LOYAL person in the community but the FACT is, is that he has KILLED 2 people now, while DRINKING AND DRIVING. The 2006 accident killed my BEST FRIEND. The FACT is, is that he DID it again! So maybe you should get your facts straight! This is coming from a live person NOT the internet. He deserves to do time! After the family asked the judge to go easy on him, in the 2006 trial, he obviously didn't learn from his mistake. I am sorry that this has to come up again for they family of Josh. RIP JOSH RUGGLES, you are missed but NEVER forgotten. Yours Truly, Josh's best friend since childhood!

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