Man faces fourth drunken-driving charge in Lowell

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

Lowell, MA

#41 Jun 13, 2012
Julie -Daughter- wrote:
I litterally am astonished at all the crap you people have posted. It has been over two years, and I STILL look on here to see what people say. Two years ago I hardly understood what was going on but now I know fully to extent. Yes I understand he did wrong "everyone makes mistakes" and His last one befor this was in the late 80's thats over 20 years ago! cut him some slack. And this doesnt make it any more right but hes not the only one out their. Look I know my father did wrong and their is no way in hell I will say anything against that cuz I know he did, but I think he suffored enough... Having to get major surgury and loosing mobillity in his arm. some of the things you people have said "Cut his hands off" what kind of sick F*ck are you? thats someones husband, someones father okay. MY father, have some respect okay. YES HE DID WRONG and he paid the price by almost killing himself, their was barely anyone on the roads at the time he was driving and that one person happened to be on the road at the wrong time. You people have no Idea how hard it is growning up with a on and off "drunk" as I would put it. some may, others may not, not all drunks are bad. My dad is a GREAT guy, but he had a bad day, made a bad dicision, and screwed up. What happened happened, he didnt hurt anyone. You can say all the "What if's" you want. NOTHING ELSE HAPPENED. So enough with the assh*le comments. I dont need to read them, neither does my mother or anyone else who has sorrow for what happened. Im sure he thinks about it every day of his life and wishes he could fix it.. but no, it happened and he has to live the rest of his life with knowing it..
Someone's forcing you to dig through all the dead threads to come back to this one to see if these posts are still here? Really? Or are you just insane enough to continue to torture yourself by re-reading them?

Seriously, though, however touching it is that you still love your dad, the fact is this was not a single bad decision. He got caught driving drunk 4 times. I doubt very much that those were the only 4 times in his life that he got behind the wheel while he was impaired. If they were, he's the most unlucky drunk that ever walked the earth. Each and every one of those times, he chose to put his "right" to get where he wanted to go over the right of every person on or near the road to use the roads safely. He put people he didn't even know, all of whom had families of their own, in danger of death or serious injury. What would he say to the family of someone killed through his actions? "Sorry, I made a bad decision" just doesn't cut it. Just look at how upset you are over people saying "mean" things about your father. If words alone make you that upset, imagine how you would feel if he was killed as a result of someone else's 'bad decision'? Somehow, I have difficulty imagining that under those circumstances, you would look at the perpetrator and say, "hey, it was just a bad decision, its all good". The fact is, drunks make 'bad decisions' every day of the year in this country, and thousands of people a year are killed or crippled by those 'bad decisions'. It is high time this kind of 'bad decision' is treated as seriously as the 'bad decisions' to rob banks or the 'bad decisions' to shoot people. In terms of the risk to human life, all of those 'bad decisions' are about equally dangerous.
Shawn

Billerica, MA

#42 Jun 13, 2012
You love your dad. Good. You are trying to get him help. Great. He has a disease. I am sorry for that.

However, I personally do not really care about his issues. I do not care that he is a great dad and a swell person. I care that his a four time loser drunk driver, with no concern for anyone on the road besides himself, and that the enormity of this states failure to lock your father up before this has caused him to risk killing other people in the process on more than one occasion, and your defending him gets precisely zero compassion from me. Sorry, but prison is where your father belongs.

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