Rosenblum’s DWI Charge Dropped in Plea

Looking south on McKnight Road near the site of the April 29 collision. The photo was taken the day after the crash. Police say Scott Rosenblum was driving south when he apparently veered into the northbound lane and hit a pickup truck head on. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Prominent defense attorney gets C&I for April collision on McKnight

By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Scott Rosenblum at the Brentwood Police Department in the early morning hours of April 29.
Looking north on McKnight near where the collision had taken place the day before. A few scraps of grillwork remain on the shoulder of the southbound lane. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Scott Rosenblum, a high profile St. Louis defense attorney, pleaded guilty on Nov. 10 in Brentwood Municipal Court to careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident and improper lane usage.

Brentwood police originally cited Rosenblum for both DWI and careless and imprudent driving but the DWI charge was dropped because of a plea agreement.

But according to an article in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rosenblum’s comments while sitting alone in the Brentwood police interview room after the accident reveal he was concerned that he might have ruined his career and that “I ought to learn not to drink so much.” His comments were recorded by a video camera. A transcript was included in an investigative report the Post-Dispatch obtained under Missouri’s Sunshine Law.

The accident occurred at about 12:15 a.m. on April 29. Police said Rosenblum, 57, of Ladue, was driving a 2013 Bentley south on the 1800 block of McKnight Road when the car apparently crossed the center line and crashed into a northbound 2001 Toyota Tundra pickup truck. The driver of the truck, an Arnold man, was taken to a hospital and treated for what police described as minor injuries.

Rosenblum told police he was not hurt. They said his speech was slurred and he had poor balance but he refused to take a breath test for alcohol and to give a blood sample.

Rosenblum has defended clients in a number of well publicized court cases. The April 29 collision occurred hours after he won an acquittal for a client who had been accused of child molestation while being drunk at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton. Rosenblum twice defended St. Louis Ram Leonard Little on DWI charges, one of which involved a fatality.

Click here to read the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Nov. 14 article:
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/what-top-defense-attorney-rosenblum-told-police-and-himself-after/article_4e246352-e6b3-5f9e-a3b4-e0d63e16d9ba.html

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