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Public defender arrested for DUI

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A LAWYER from the Public Defender’s Office may end up defending herself after being charged for allegedly causing a three-automobile crash while allegedly driving drunk on Ypao Road in Tamuning on Tuesday night.

Ali Nicole Nusbaum, 32, is facing two misdemeanor charges before the Superior Court. She was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving.

Nusbaum, aka Ali Nicole Bergkamp, is an active member of the Guam Bar Association.

According to the Guam Police Department, Nusbaum had no driver’s license while driving with a passenger identified as Justin Locke.

The magistrate’s report said at about 6:06 p.m., a responding officer called in a three-car collision on Ypao Road.

A Hyundai Tucson was stopped at a traffic light and was in front of a silver Volvo when Nusbaum's white Honda Civic crashed into the Volvo that eventually crashed into the Tucson.

The responding officer noted a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage emitting from Nusbaum during the investigation, the magistrate’s complaint stated.

Nusbaum reportedly had a flushed face and slurred speech when she spoke with the officer.

Locke told police they had drinks at Horse and Cow.

Investigators spoke with the manager and bartenders at Horse and Cow, who confirmed that Nusbaum and Locke ordered several drinks while there.

Nusbaum refused to submit to a standard field sobriety test, police said.

She was then transported to the Tumon/Tamuning Precinct for DUI processing but she refused to submit to any further test.

While in the precinct, officers suspected that Nusbaum was not telling the truth about her identity, prompting the arresting officer to run a check with the Traffic Registration Information Management System.

The check revealed that her legal name was in fact Ali Nicole Nusbaum Bergkamp.

Officers then asked Nusbaum why she was withholding information about her true identity, but she refused to answer.

The officers later discovered that Nusbaum is an attorney and is employed at the Public Defender’s Office.

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