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Police: Drunk, high driver collapses bridge

There are 27 comments on the The York Daily Record story from Jan 12, 2009, titled Police: Drunk, high driver collapses bridge. In it, The York Daily Record reports that:

A Wellsville man was allegedly drunk and high on marijuana when he struck and collapsed a historic bridge in northern York County while driving his employer's van.

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DIGGLA

United States

#1 Jan 12, 2009
Pot in his system. How can they say that he actually did this while driving? THC metabolite can stay in a human system for up to 28 days depending on usage quantity
Just A Guy

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Jan 12, 2009
This schmuck destroyed an historic bridge, and he may not even remember doing it. My guess is that he will get off with a hand-slap.

He'll have an excuse and he can blame extenuating circumstances. He can blame the alcohol. Or the pot. Or the society. Or his boss.

In the meantime, the rest of us have lost something. Maybe not a big thing. But a thing. And it was ours. And it is gone.
Arrogant Joe Paterno

Washington, DC

#3 Jan 12, 2009
What a dumb dirtbag loser. Enough said.
David

Kissimmee, FL

#4 Jan 12, 2009
Dirtbag loser is right. Who cares how long pot stays in the system; he tested positive for it and alcohol nearly 2.5 times the legal limit. Charges should be more and some sort of restitution should be made for the historical structure. Of course he will not really get incarcerated as he will plead he has a family to support and all that stuff.
marlin

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Jan 12, 2009
Maybe he should call SCOTT HOSE of York City police
to find out how to "weasel" out of everthing.
not ok

Alexandria, VA

#6 Jan 12, 2009
David wrote:
Dirtbag loser is right. Who cares how long pot stays in the system; he tested positive for it and alcohol nearly 2.5 times the legal limit. Charges should be more and some sort of restitution should be made for the historical structure. Of course he will not really get incarcerated as he will plead he has a family to support and all that stuff.
I'd venture to guess the damage done to the bridge was more along the lines due to the alcohol in his system, rather than the weed. Seeing as how, Diggla pointed out, it could have been that he smoked a few days ago, and it really had no relevance to the situation. There are FAR many more drinking related accidents than there are weed-related.
Living In Margaritaville

Philippines

#7 Jan 12, 2009
Looks like he did Penndot a favor by downing a bridge that only took a strike from a van to crumble it?? WTF..........how safe was this piece of Sh!t?? Now maybe PennDot will pull their heads out of the azzes and get a new bridge in there pronto.
CHANGER

AOL

#8 Jan 12, 2009
not ok wrote:
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I'd venture to guess the damage done to the bridge was more along the lines due to the alcohol in his system, rather than the weed. Seeing as how, Diggla pointed out, it could have been that he smoked a few days ago, and it really had no relevance to the situation. There are FAR many more drinking related accidents than there are weed-related.
He smoked the marijuana that same day or night! If you would just retain what you read you would have noted that the police said that he smelled of alcohol AND marijuana. But, I agree that it was much more likely that the alcohol caused him to crash into the bridge.
YDR Watcher

AOL

#9 Jan 12, 2009
Living In Margaritaville wrote:
Looks like he did Penndot a favor by downing a bridge that only took a strike from a van to crumble it?? WTF..........how safe was this piece of Sh!t?? Now maybe PennDot will pull their heads out of the azzes and get a new bridge in there pronto.
Go ahead and knock a couple webs out of your attic trusses with a framing hammer and see what happens. imagine that, 20 oz. of hammer bringing down an entire roof in under 10 seconds. By association your house must be a piece of sh!t too.

Learn some common engineering practices and then come back to comment on this forum. Use a structure for its intended purpose and with some maintenance it will last indefinately.
Living In Margaritaville

Philippines

#10 Jan 12, 2009
YDR Watcher wrote:
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Go ahead and knock a couple webs out of your attic trusses with a framing hammer and see what happens. imagine that, 20 oz. of hammer bringing down an entire roof in under 10 seconds. By association your house must be a piece of sh!t too.
Learn some common engineering practices and then come back to comment on this forum. Use a structure for its intended purpose and with some maintenance it will last indefinately.
Nothing, and I mean nothing is indefinate my friend!!!
Just a Thought

Stewartstown, PA

#11 Jan 12, 2009
Now we will hear all the usual bull$hit..you know...wasn't MY fault, I was drunk....wasn't MY fault, the pot affected my mental state.
Oh yeah...I want to hear him admit and reveal who stood there with a gun to his head and forced him to drink and smoke pot AND THEN GET BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A VEHICLE.
And THEN some liberal-assed judge will slap him on the wrist, tell him to "be a good boy and not do it again" and the bastard will be right back out there on the road AGAIN...but next time it just might be one of us or a family that he kills.
Think about THAT people!!!!
Lover of Freedom

Camp Hill, PA

#12 Jan 12, 2009
Well if the officer said that he smelled like marijuana it must be true because cops never lie... This officer sounds like he is full of crap. Alcohol maybe, pot no. Estemed Officer Golden, for crap sake, his BAC was .189, I think your case is proven with that so why don't you just keep your mouth shut before you make yourself sound like more of a lying prick blaming it on the "pot". If he smelled like "pot" when you "found" him, he could have simply smoked it at the friends house (or anywhere on the way there) AFTER the car accident, which, obviosuly would have no bearing on the car accident itself. Officer Golden. stop trying to spread your B.S. propaganda and wait to all the facts are in before opening your mouth. Perhaps, instead, may I suggest you take some time and brush up on the Constitution that I am sure you will wipe your a&% with before trampling on it and throwing it out the window tromorrow all in the name of "justice". By the way, I wonder how Scott Hose is doing these days...I bet if this guy injured a few people like Scott did, instead of a bridge, he would have gotten a free pass and gotten paid for it/ The corruption that pervades this county is pathetic.
Country Bumpkin

York, PA

#13 Jan 13, 2009
Maybe York County should think about consequencing their drunken drivers instead of letting them slide and keeping them out of jail?
Just a thought....
stephen

Manassas, VA

#14 Jan 13, 2009
YDR Watcher wrote:
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Go ahead and knock a couple webs out of your attic trusses with a framing hammer and see what happens. imagine that, 20 oz. of hammer bringing down an entire roof in under 10 seconds. By association your house must be a piece of sh!t too.
Learn some common engineering practices and then come back to comment on this forum. Use a structure for its intended purpose and with some maintenance it will last indefinately.
Great strawman, I applaud you, sir! Except building codes don't require your attic trusses to withstand a vehicle running into them. Now if your attic had cars running thru it on a regular basis where collision with trusses are a distinct possibility, then perhaps it would be a different story.
not ok

Alexandria, VA

#15 Jan 13, 2009
CHANGER wrote:
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He smoked the marijuana that same day or night! If you would just retain what you read you would have noted that the police said that he smelled of alcohol AND marijuana. But, I agree that it was much more likely that the alcohol caused him to crash into the bridge.
I apologize; I missed that part of the article. I have a tendency to skim some parts of the article/piece I'm reading...short attention span...LOL but yes I still think it's much more likely the alcohol is what caused the crash. I don't have statistics, but I'd be willing to bet many more accidents are caused due to drunk driving, than driving while high.
YDR Watcher

AOL

#16 Jan 13, 2009
stephen wrote:
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Great strawman, I applaud you, sir! Except building codes don't require your attic trusses to withstand a vehicle running into them. Now if your attic had cars running thru it on a regular basis where collision with trusses are a distinct possibility, then perhaps it would be a different story.
So the bridge was built in the 1890's and remind me when did automobiles become popular, 1920's? I think this structure was designed for slow carriage loads. The fact is a steel or wood truss requires all it's parts to bear a load. If a car takes out a web, the bridge falls. Plain and simple.
Shteve

Middletown, PA

#17 Jan 13, 2009
I'm all for historic preservation etc... but if you watch the video, this bridge was already scheduled for replacement in 2011.
Get Real People

Hyde Park, NY

#18 Jan 13, 2009
Lover of Freedom wrote:
Well if the officer said that he smelled like marijuana it must be true because cops never lie... This officer sounds like he is full of crap. Alcohol maybe, pot no. Estemed Officer Golden, for crap sake, his BAC was .189, I think your case is proven with that so why don't you just keep your mouth shut before you make yourself sound like more of a lying prick blaming it on the "pot". If he smelled like "pot" when you "found" him, he could have simply smoked it at the friends house (or anywhere on the way there) AFTER the car accident, which, obviosuly would have no bearing on the car accident itself. Officer Golden. stop trying to spread your B.S. propaganda and wait to all the facts are in before opening your mouth. Perhaps, instead, may I suggest you take some time and brush up on the Constitution that I am sure you will wipe your a&% with before trampling on it and throwing it out the window tromorrow all in the name of "justice". By the way, I wonder how Scott Hose is doing these days...I bet if this guy injured a few people like Scott did, instead of a bridge, he would have gotten a free pass and gotten paid for it/ The corruption that pervades this county is pathetic.
I don't know where everyone is getting this notion that people who get DWI's, and DUI just get off scott free. I know first hand that they don't, I've had a DWI I lost my licence for sometime as well I should have. I don't debate that fact that I shouldn't have. But are you saying by them not getting in trouble that they are getting to light of a sentence? I lost my licence for 90 days and payed over 2000 in fines. I got a minimum sentence because I only blew a .08 the limit and got arrested in my driveway. Do I believe his sentence should be signifigant yes, but I don't beileve he needs to be sent to prison for the rest of his life. He destroyed a bridge yes but that bridge was what 120 years old. I'm glad a drunk man took it out rather it fall with a family go over it. So in closing I'm saying lightin the Hell up people. Everyone deserves a second chance and if you were to be in this guys shoes you would want a second chance too.
NICKY IN NEW FREEDOM

Willow Grove, PA

#19 Jan 13, 2009
GIMME A BREAK! POT IS POT IS POT - BOOZE IS BOOZE
A DEFAULTY OLD DECREPID BRIDGE IS NOT THE TESTAMENT TO POT USAGE. KEEP ON SPARKIN BROTHER - LET PENNDOT DO SOME WORK FOR A CHANGE INSTEAD OF STANDING AROUND LOOKING BUSY
Wondering

Manahawkin, NJ

#20 Jan 13, 2009
Who's to say that from the time the cops located the owner of the van, got the contact information and arrived to find the suspect that he didn't have time to burn a few doobies and pound down a few shots of Jack?
Sounds like the police have circumstantial evidence at best.

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