A 19-year-old Ann Arbor man was arrested Monday night after he deliberately ran over four ducklings with a Hummer in a McDonald's parking lot, Ann Arbor police said.
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#21 May 5, 2011
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I dont think the nature of the case would allow a plea to negligent or careless driving as that usually requires his driving to be of a careless or negligent manner that is likely to endanger any person or property... the ducks were not property ... but he may be able to plea to inappropriate driving that could have endangered... and coincidentally lead to the death of the ducks but not having to admit intent.
Though I think that is a long shot.
It is time for the Pearces to circle the wagons and find a different defense ... or he is going to end up with jail time - but much more significant, a criminal record and possibly a felony record.
Why am I posting this?....
In this age of the Internet and instantaneous media, I think Dillon and his family are being beaten to a pulp ... in reputation and in cost and in the possible felony conviction.
If I was going to place a bet as to whether Dillon did it intentionally ... Id bet that yes he did. But even if he really did intend to run over the ducks, as others have said, a felony conviction and possible prison time of up to 4 years (not just jail time) and all the correlative costs is a very harsh punishment indeed.
I am not one of those nutcase law-and-orderists which believes in punishments that are way out of line with the offense committed. No traffic fines that represent your monthly food budget for you and your children because you were doing 75 in a 55, whereas for a wealthier person that same ticket means they dont have that second bottle of bubbly when they go to the Club for dinner next Saturday ... No three strikes and youre out bullshit ... No offenders list once youve actually served your sentence.
I want punishments to have the effect of making someone a more law-abiding, tax paying, credit to society. Putting Dillon in prison and giving him a felony record will *not* do that.
I think Dillon was guilty ... I think the court should mandate counseling ... but I dont think he should end up with a felony record or time in the state prison for this issue.
#22 May 5, 2011
I wish topix allowed you to edit ... grrrr
LET ME CLARIFY that statement in the first paragraph of my long post, above ... please consider it to read ...
I dont know if the facts would allow a plea to reckless or careless driving as that usually requires his driving to be of a careless or negligent manner that is likely to endanger any person or property... the ducks were not property ... but he may be able to plea to such a charge under the admission that his driving could have endangered property etc ... although it coincidentally lead to the death of the ducks.
#23 May 6, 2011
I think he's going to end up with a felony.
If Dillion is reflecting his parents attitudes (which he may or may not be) then they believe they can throw enough money at the problem to fix it. My guess is here is a guy that has an over developed sense of entitlement and he might not think he could possibly go to jail. If people's initial reaction to this story are any indication of how they are going to respond to this in a court room he is in trouble.
Any person might miss a baby duck in a parking lot, but if he is going to say he did not see a mother duck and eight ducklings (the same ones he tried to pick up earlier) then people are going to b insulted.....and angry.
Personally (and I am probably not alone on this) I hope he pushes it to trial and gets convicted. Dillion will pay for this for a long time to come because it's already all over the internet and in this day and age people will simply Google his name in both social and professional circles and all, all things being equal, they're going to think he is a douchebag.:/ That's just the way it is.
#24 May 28, 2011
shocking, a spoiled kid who played hockey has no regard for anything but himself and his hummer? let me guess, he also pretends like he's in a rap video full time?
#25 Jun 21, 2011
Did the police ever figure out who REALLY drove Tina Pearce's car into the Huron River (in 2009) with their dog locked inside? Her story didn't make sense and there does seem to be a real pattern of "mischief making" since then.
#26 Jun 21, 2011
I must add a correction to my last comment. Tina Pearce's car was driven into the Huron River in October of 2008, not 2009.
#27 Nov 11, 2011
I stumbled on this story by accident, it seems this pathetic guy is only a man by his age, he needs to groww up. A few weeks in the POKY will help.
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