Man faces fourth drunken-driving char...

Man faces fourth drunken-driving charge in Lowell

There are 42 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Jan 10, 2011, titled Man faces fourth drunken-driving charge in Lowell. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Prosecutors have upgraded charges against a 46-year-old Billerica man who was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in Lowell in July.

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Tim

Tyngsboro, MA

#1 Jan 10, 2011
Life in prison for this loser who has no regard for the lives and safety of others. If the police could tell he was drunk at the scene it would have been better if they let him die. I hate drunks.
susan

Jamaica Plain, MA

#2 Jan 10, 2011
and he is let out on personal recognisance...are you kidding.....just give him back the keys, you know he will do it again!
P J Tandus

Edinburg, TX

#3 Jan 10, 2011
This jerk and others like him, are a good reason for a 3-strikes and your screwed law. No more putting this killer-in-waiting back on the street.

P.J. Tandus
Laguna Vista, TX.
latinlady

United States

#4 Jan 10, 2011
would like to know what stupid judge keeps letting this as*h*le off the hook maybe the judge should get run over
Crap

Salem, NH

#5 Jan 10, 2011
I guarantee he's driving as I type this. If you're planning a crime, do it in MA.
Evil Knevil

Charlestown, MA

#6 Jan 10, 2011
WOW!!! This guy was driving a motorcycle with a .22 BAC?!!

ROCK STAR!!!!
MOM

Bedford, MA

#7 Jan 10, 2011
what is he still doing with a license? Yes he will be driving again and next time he is going to kill someone before the state will do something aobut it!
smith

Groton, MA

#8 Jan 10, 2011
This man does have family. The 3 previous charges were from much much earlier offenses. He is an alcoholic who became sober for years!! Maybe personal problems got the best of him. Luckily no one else was hurt in the process, but himself. Also, I am just throwing this out there but do you really need a license to drive any kind of motor vehicle.... Just sayin! It is an endless cycle and people like him do need serious help... and even if you have all that help from people sometimes that isn't even enough when you are sick.
Slick

Howell, MI

#9 Jan 10, 2011
he should get his but to AA and lose his license, he can take the bus.
hugeass

AOL

#10 Jan 11, 2011
hey retards did you ever think !! that maybe it was not his fault !!!
woowee

Westford, MA

#11 Jan 11, 2011
Cut off his hands.
Amused

Lowell, MA

#12 Jan 11, 2011
smith wrote:
This man does have family. The 3 previous charges were from much much earlier offenses. He is an alcoholic who became sober for years!! Maybe personal problems got the best of him. Luckily no one else was hurt in the process, but himself. Also, I am just throwing this out there but do you really need a license to drive any kind of motor vehicle.... Just sayin! It is an endless cycle and people like him do need serious help... and even if you have all that help from people sometimes that isn't even enough when you are sick.
There is no "cure" for substance addiction. It is futile for the state to try to rehabilitate chronic drunk driving offenders. We simply cannot prevent them from drinking. The focus, therefore, should be on preventing them from driving. After a third OUI, not only should the person's drivers license be revoked, but the registration to every vehicle they are owners or part owners of should be revoked, and the plates seized. It should be a crime to knowingly permit a person whose license is suspended or revoked for OUI to have access to a motor vehicles. Those steps would go a long way to preventing repeat offenders from getting behind the wheel again. Anyone can make a mistake once, but if you engage in the same life-threatening conduct three times there is absolutely no reason why you should have a fourth opportunity. Any hardship caused by this is a self-inflicted wound. Drunks may be powerless over alcohol, but they are not powerless over car keys. Even if drinking is a compulsion they cannot resist, which I don't believe, driving is still a choice.
Amused

Lowell, MA

#13 Jan 11, 2011
hugeass wrote:
hey retards did you ever think !! that maybe it was not his fault !!!
OK, this retard will play. Which part of this might not have been his fault?

a) Was it not his fault that enough alcohol found its way down his throat to raise his BAC to a .22? That does take quite a bit of alcoholic beverages to accomplish. Did he consume them by accident or mistake, not realizing the liquid he was consuming was an adult beverage? Was he forced to drink them? I have not heard about the new menace of gangs of armed men forcing people to drink alcohol at gunpoint. I'm glad you brought this to our attention.

b) Having consumed all this alcohol by mistake, or under duress, did he somehow not notice that he was affected by the alcohol? Most people who drink that much are noticeably impaired to the point that it is hard to miss.

c) Having accidentally consumed all those drinks, or been coerced into doing so, and somehow not noticing the effect on his ability to operate a motorcycle, did he accidentally hop on the bike and turn the key?

d) Having accidentally consumed all that alcohol, or been coerced into drinking, not noticing that he was substantially impaired, and having accidentally mounted and started his motorcycle, did he then not notice a car in front of him moving at a speed significantly less than his own speed? Cars are relatively large objects, Dutton Street is relatively well lit, so it is hard to see how he could have not noticed that big thing in front of him. When large things in front of you start to appear even larger, that's a fairly good indication that they are getting closer, and most drivers, even those driving for the first time, seem to take that as an indication that evasive action is necessary. Do you think maybe he was absent from driver's ed the day they covered that? Maybe the car was backing up at a high rate of speed. That happens all the time, right?

I guess all these explanations are possible, but I don't find any of them probable. Quantum Physics posits that there are an infinite number of parallel universes where things like the laws of physics are different. Do you think perhaps he slipped into one of those other universes then slipped out into ours just in time to hit the car? I guess that might be a defense. I guess if Erwin Schrodinger appears on his list of expert witnesses, that might be where he is making his stand. Maybe Schrodinger will bring his cat.
Donald

Tyngsboro, MA

#14 Jan 11, 2011
hugeass wrote:
hey retards did you ever think !! that maybe it was not his fault !!!
Did people hold him down and pour the booze in his yap?

He is a drunk.
Only in America

Stoneham, MA

#15 Jan 11, 2011
Amused- that was great!

I loved this. I have a strong passion for this subject. I am the victim of a drunk driver (3 time offender). My brother (age 23) was killed by a drunk driver. This was pretty much the defense that was put on at his trial. Sadly enough the killer was found not guilty by a jury of my peers. Still unbelievable. No prior records were allowed into trial to make sure it was "fair" for the killer. Just sick! We need to wake up and stop making excuses for people that are making unsafe decisions. For themselves and for others. Families need to help their sick family members and force the issue of treatment or alert the authorities if their family member is committing a crime. There is more we can do before that person gets behind the wheel. If he had a medical condition that impared his abilty to drive, he would have lost his license years ago. It is not a civil right to drive a car, if you cannot do so safely, then someone needs to take that ability away. I am tired of these repeat offenders. Something needs to be done.
Chelmsford Taxpayer

Bedford, MA

#16 Jan 11, 2011
hugeass wrote:
hey retards did you ever think !! that maybe it was not his fault !!!
Sarcasm, anyone?
Unbelievable

Bedford, MA

#17 Jan 11, 2011
This guy is out there committing 4 drunk driving offenses and there is a Father fighting a ticket because his wife was in labor just about to deliver thier child in the car. What is wrong with these Judges and this court system?
Lee

Tyngsboro, MA

#18 Jan 11, 2011
Only in America wrote:
Amused- that was great!
I loved this. I have a strong passion for this subject. I am the victim of a drunk driver (3 time offender). My brother (age 23) was killed by a drunk driver. This was pretty much the defense that was put on at his trial. Sadly enough the killer was found not guilty by a jury of my peers. Still unbelievable. No prior records were allowed into trial to make sure it was "fair" for the killer. Just sick! We need to wake up and stop making excuses for people that are making unsafe decisions. For themselves and for others. Families need to help their sick family members and force the issue of treatment or alert the authorities if their family member is committing a crime. There is more we can do before that person gets behind the wheel. If he had a medical condition that impared his abilty to drive, he would have lost his license years ago. It is not a civil right to drive a car, if you cannot do so safely, then someone needs to take that ability away. I am tired of these repeat offenders. Something needs to be done.
Only those of us who have lost a family member to a drunk can fully realize how serious this problem is. These drunks kill more people than guns do. I hate drunk drivers. Every effort must be made to keep this drunk off the roads. Lock him up for 20 years, as noted above amputate his limbs..whatever it takes. Drunks kill.
Lee

Tyngsboro, MA

#19 Jan 11, 2011
Amused wrote:
<quoted text>
OK, this retard will play. Which part of this might not have been his fault?
a) Was it not his fault that enough alcohol found its way down his throat to raise his BAC to a .22? That does take quite a bit of alcoholic beverages to accomplish. Did he consume them by accident or mistake, not realizing the liquid he was consuming was an adult beverage? Was he forced to drink them? I have not heard about the new menace of gangs of armed men forcing people to drink alcohol at gunpoint. I'm glad you brought this to our attention.
b) Having consumed all this alcohol by mistake, or under duress, did he somehow not notice that he was affected by the alcohol? Most people who drink that much are noticeably impaired to the point that it is hard to miss.
c) Having accidentally consumed all those drinks, or been coerced into doing so, and somehow not noticing the effect on his ability to operate a motorcycle, did he accidentally hop on the bike and turn the key?
d) Having accidentally consumed all that alcohol, or been coerced into drinking, not noticing that he was substantially impaired, and having accidentally mounted and started his motorcycle, did he then not notice a car in front of him moving at a speed significantly less than his own speed? Cars are relatively large objects, Dutton Street is relatively well lit, so it is hard to see how he could have not noticed that big thing in front of him. When large things in front of you start to appear even larger, that's a fairly good indication that they are getting closer, and most drivers, even those driving for the first time, seem to take that as an indication that evasive action is necessary. Do you think maybe he was absent from driver's ed the day they covered that? Maybe the car was backing up at a high rate of speed. That happens all the time, right?
I guess all these explanations are possible, but I don't find any of them probable. Quantum Physics posits that there are an infinite number of parallel universes where things like the laws of physics are different. Do you think perhaps he slipped into one of those other universes then slipped out into ours just in time to hit the car? I guess that might be a defense. I guess if Erwin Schrodinger appears on his list of expert witnesses, that might be where he is making his stand. Maybe Schrodinger will bring his cat.
Very strong post although it saddens me to see the word "retard" thrown about. I know you were merely quoting the other person.
Ebert

Tyngsboro, MA

#20 Jan 11, 2011
Drunks suck.

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