Normally, I have
very littlezero tolerance for drunken driving. Having been there, done that several years ago, I just consider myself lucky that I didn’t hurt myself, or worse, someone else.
However, the following story is a bit of a head-scratcher.
H/T to by buddy Shaun (the man, the myth, the legend) for sending me this link from Syracuse.com about a guy in Fulton (about a half-hour north of Syracuse) who got busted for DWI after he went to the police station to bail out a buddy, who was also picked up for drunken driving.
If you’re too lazy to click the link and read for yourself, here’s the synopsis. A guy get thrown in jail after a DWI arrest. His buddy comes down to bail him out. The buddy gets turned away for being drunk. The cops let the friend get in his car and drive a short distance before stopping him an arresting him for DWI.
I’m not really big on criticizing cops (unless it’s warranted) because they have a tough job, one I wouldn’t want.
However, if the police in Fulton knew the buddy was drunk, why would they let him drive off? Couldn’t they have arrested him for DWI when he showed up at the station since he drove there?
Seems to me like the cops took an awfully big chance by letting this guy drive off. A drunken driver doesn’t have to go far to inflict a variety of damage.
Of course, there is something to be said about not showing up at a police station plowed in the first place …