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State Can’t Take Helm’s License Despite Fainting

Item: State can’t take Helm’s license despite fainting/Karen Dorn Steele, Spokesman-Review

More Info: The Washington Department of Licensing says it’s powerless to revoke Clifford Helm’s driver’s license even though he claims to suffer from a medical condition that causes him to faint. The condition, known as “cough syncope,” figured prominently in Helm’s acquittal last week on vehicular homicide charges stemming from a 2005 crash that killed five children north of Spokane. But state officials say Helm, who doctors testified can faint while behind the wheel of a car during serious coughing fits, still has a valid driver’s license and can keep driving legally unless they are notified by a police officer or medical professional that he’s a danger to others.

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