On cross examination, Peter’s defense attorney Charles Douglass asked if Hamilton was an expert on intoxication or had been trained in the field. Hamilton said he wasn’t.
“My father is an alcoholic,” Hamilton said. “I’ve seen that behavior plenty of times throughout my life.”
Several of the witnesses that took the stand had the same impressions of Peters. Frederick Dittmar said when he came upon Yellow Dodge Ram pickup, he asked Peter’s if he was all right. According to Dittmar, Peter’s became belligerent and used foul language to tell him to mind his own business.
“I thought he was inebriated,” Dittmar said. “Just a raw guess.”
Park Ranger Stephen Hoelscher was the first law enforcement to arrive at the crash site. He had received a call 15 minutes early to be on the lookout for a yellow Dodge Pickup and that the driver may be intoxicated. After checking his normal jurisdiction around Thunderbird Lake, he drove west on 156th and came upon McDoulett.
According to Hoelscher, people had covered the body of McDoulett with a sheet.
“When I first walked up on her, the sheet had blown off,” Hoelscher said. “She looked in bad shape. I knew there was nothing I could do.”
Hoelscher said someone yelled at him that someone else was hurt and that he was intoxicated. He drove about 400-500 feet to where the yellow truck was and found the defendant leaning inside the truck window fumbling for something. Hoelscher testified at that time he believed he had a suspect and not a victim.
Hoelscher said he asked Peters to turn around three times and was ignored each time. Hoelscher grabbed Peters by the shoulder and took his cell phone.
“He swung his arm, almost striking,” Hoelscher said. “He then grabbed a hold of the door handle and wouldn’t let go. I pulled him off and took him to the ground.”