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Two charged after 'hit and run'

Saturday, August 18, 2012

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Emergency personnel respond to a hit-and-run accident, in which the passenger of a vehicle was injured and transported to Spencer Hospital. According to Police Chief Mark Lawson, the driver of the Oldsmobile struck a car in the 300 block of First Avenue West and attempted to drive away with a damaged steering system but was stopped in front of the Spencer Police Department shortly after 4:30 p.m. Friday. The driver, whose name was not immediately available, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated, striking an unattended vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident. The passenger is facing a charge of public intoxication.
(Photo by Gabe Licht)


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The PASSENGER is facing a charge of public intoxication? Seriously? You mean to say a person can't have a few drinks and be out in public, NOT behind the wheel, and they could be charged with a crime?

So if I have a couple of drinks at my favorite bar, then sensibly decide I shouldn't drive and call a friend to give me a ride home... if that friend then gets stopped for, say, having a headlight out, I could be charged with public intoxication while sitting in the passenger seat of his car?

-- Posted by DHarris on Sat, Aug 18, 2012, at 8:49 AM

I am assuming there is more to the story which would lead to the arrest of the passenger.

-- Posted by olmanhawk on Sat, Aug 18, 2012, at 11:57 AM

I am guessing the passenger got out of the passenger seat and went into public.

-- Posted by clayfarmer on Sat, Aug 18, 2012, at 6:27 PM

Here's an idea...don't drink so much that you are incapacitated and could possibly be breaking the law. How about one, just one drink? Everything in moderation.

-- Posted by Leah Cauthron on Sun, Aug 19, 2012, at 10:05 PM

how about not drinking and driving at all then maybe there wouldn't be so many accidents!!!!

-- Posted by arlene stewart on Sun, Aug 19, 2012, at 11:37 PM

Just one drink? LOL Good one Leah

-- Posted by deweyh on Mon, Aug 20, 2012, at 8:59 AM

steve's rides cost 5$ a person.

-- Posted by brian48 on Mon, Aug 20, 2012, at 5:35 PM

If you can afford to drink, you can afford a cab.

-- Posted by brian48 on Mon, Aug 20, 2012, at 5:37 PM

i know someone that got arrested twice for drinking last week,and so far hes been in jail 2 weeks for faking he was drunk, thats because it gets the cops away, from what there doing.

-- Posted by BunnyRabbit on Thu, Aug 23, 2012, at 5:39 AM

he was pretending he was junk, same penalty, but he might be facing 2 to 5 yeares but thats only because he was arrested alot last year and he kept getting arrested so they told him if he keeps getting into trouble with anything than hes going to prison. this guy drinks too much, 3 24 pack in just over the weekend

-- Posted by BunnyRabbit on Thu, Aug 23, 2012, at 5:43 AM

i misspelled a word, its drunk not junk

-- Posted by BunnyRabbit on Thu, Aug 23, 2012, at 5:44 AM

but he got arrested for pretending he was drunk, for just walking, for being out in public.but dont know why tho walking is safer than a car

-- Posted by BunnyRabbit on Thu, Aug 23, 2012, at 5:48 AM

thats accually funny lol

-- Posted by BunnyRabbit on Thu, Aug 23, 2012, at 5:50 AM

if its against the law. than there shouldnt be alchol at all in the united states

-- Posted by BunnyRabbit on Thu, Aug 23, 2012, at 6:00 AM

In reply to clayfarmer above: (and I admit this is just speculation) I suspect the passenger got out of the car because the officer told him to get out. Then came the public intoxication charge.

The reason I'm so cynical is because about 2 years ago my sister had an incident in which she had just pulled into the parking lot of a bar at about midnight to meet some friends inside; she had left her car and taken a few steps away from it when a police car pulled up; the officer said he wanted to talk to her and politely asked her to "Get in your car and roll down the window."

She did exactly what he asked, but to roll down her electric windows she had to put the key in the ignition. He then had her take the breathalizer test, and she admittedly did (barely!) blow over the limit. But because she had put the key in the ignition she was charged with driving while intoxicated, where if she'd stayed outside of her car the most she could have been charged with was public intoxication. But with an DWI she ended up losing her licence, having to get SS insurance... you know the rest.

-- Posted by DHarris on Thu, Aug 23, 2012, at 8:27 AM

As a clarification, Police Chief Mark Lawson reported the passenger was told not to get out of the car. I apologize for the confusion.

-- Posted by Gabe Licht on Thu, Aug 23, 2012, at 11:37 AM

That's good to know, Gabe, and my innate cynicism just faded a little bit. :)

-- Posted by DHarris on Thu, Aug 23, 2012, at 1:37 PM

DHarris so are you defending your sister? She pulled up into the parking lot. So she had been driving drunk. My father has had several DWI, you drink and drive you pay the price.

-- Posted by joev on Thu, Aug 23, 2012, at 3:20 PM

Nope, not defending her at all. Don't be so quick to jump to conclusions. But I am, at the same time, condemning the officer's sneaky tactics. Both parties can be wrong, you know.

-- Posted by DHarris on Thu, Aug 23, 2012, at 6:50 PM

my opinion if its against the law, than there should not be any beer.in the world.so i guess the cops only want moderation drinking. it dont make sence to me

., if its against the law, than why sell it in stores.

-- Posted by BunnyRabbit on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 4:08 AM

and drinking parttys is not moderation. so what they can ony have 1 or 2 beeres aday.

-- Posted by BunnyRabbit on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 4:11 AM

except you dont get aressted at your home

-- Posted by BunnyRabbit on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 4:17 AM

but i think if beer. or any hard substance is against the law than they should get rid of it in the united states.

-- Posted by BunnyRabbit on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 4:20 AM

WTH BR? Are you trying to not make any sense? Wait just a gol darn second.......I bet she was ddddddddddddrinking!??!?!

-- Posted by SSGM270 on Sun, Aug 26, 2012, at 11:54 PM

this is my facebook, show respect

-- Posted by BunnyRabbit on Mon, Aug 27, 2012, at 10:28 AM

this message i sent is for ssgm270

this is my facebook i can say what i want.this is what i learned in life if you dont have anything nice to say than dont say anything at all. so yes i make alot of sence,and you dont know me.

-- Posted by BunnyRabbit on Mon, Aug 27, 2012, at 10:39 AM

DHarris- I agree that some of the tactics that you mentioned are used fairly often and don't seem really fair to use....

-- Posted by AshlyMeyer on Mon, Aug 27, 2012, at 5:22 PM

and if you dont understand me is because im learning disabled and i speak what i think about the artical

-- Posted by BunnyRabbit on Mon, Aug 27, 2012, at 5:34 PM

im sorry.

-- Posted by BunnyRabbit on Mon, Aug 27, 2012, at 5:47 PM

I'm just surprised no one has stated the Idiocy of trying a hit and run so close to the Police Station!

-- Posted by SystemofaDown on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 5:01 AM


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