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(Chicago Trib)   Man arrested after driving drunk at speeds reaching 142 MPH gets 2 years probation, a fine, no jail time, and an offer from NASCAR   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 48
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2013-02-27 04:55:12 PM
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2013-02-27 05:50:35 PM
Amatuer, I've done 160 in a 45 zone
 
2013-02-27 05:53:46 PM
That's crap! If he wasn't a celebrity he'd be in jail right now! The judge gave him...wait, not a celebrity? Cop? No, huh? Hmm, carry on then.
 
2013-02-27 05:54:04 PM
He got off easy.
 
2013-02-27 05:54:21 PM
Because driving fast means you have an enormous penis!
 
2013-02-27 05:57:21 PM
Should have got it chipped, 142 is the governed limit for lots of cars.
 
2013-02-27 06:00:36 PM
Not a celeb, not a cop, not anyone noteworthy, and he avoids jail after doing all that?

/wtf
 
2013-02-27 06:06:22 PM
Christ, what an asshole.
 
2013-02-27 06:09:33 PM
Considering:
"struck a billboard"
and
"He did not have any previous alcohol-related driving offenses"

Meh:
"...was sentenced to two years of supervision and was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service"
and
"...also must pay more than $3,000 in fines, fees and restitution. He must undergo an alcohol evaluation and attend a victim impact panel"
 
2013-02-27 06:13:37 PM
Poor Charger...he didn't deserve to own one.
 
2013-02-27 06:35:30 PM
Just a good ol boy never meanin no harm.
 
2013-02-27 06:45:04 PM
He should have got a death sentence, considering all the people he hurt.
 
2013-02-27 06:50:31 PM

SpdrJay: Because driving fast means you have an enormous penis!


No, it's just fun.
 
2013-02-27 06:52:22 PM
Part of me thinks that's OK, since he had no priors....but another part of me thinks he's 37, and has been doing this shiat for a long time, he just hadn't been caught yet.

Hopefully this wakes him up.
 
2013-02-27 06:56:06 PM
I hit 120 on the new toll road last month, but the speed limit is 85, and there are zero cops and almost no other cars.  And if I wrecked the only damage would be to me, my car, and an empty field.

/wanted to see that German engineering at work
 
2013-02-27 06:57:00 PM

strangeluck: Not a celeb, not a cop, not anyone noteworthy, and he avoids jail after doing all that?

/wtf


I am sure he is related to somebody "important" though.
 
2013-02-27 07:04:51 PM
I am sure somebody from MADD is seriously pissed off right now.
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-27 07:07:54 PM

Benjamin Orr: strangeluck: Not a celeb, not a cop, not anyone noteworthy, and he avoids jail after doing all that?

/wtf

I am sure he is related to somebody "important" though.


In Naperville? That's likely the answer.
 
2013-02-27 07:11:06 PM
Can you say Hemi power?  That was a nice Dodge Charger Daytona sporting a Hemi engine before the unfortunate wreck.

/I'm thinking Obama would agree that the guy needs to take some time to reflect on how he screwed up.
 
2013-02-27 07:15:23 PM
Heh, this is where I used to live. I'd walk my dog out by that billboard

at the time it was a SIDS PSA that was something like "Rock-a-bye baby go to sleep on your belly and never wake up" with a black background and a hazy picture of what I assumed to be a dead or soon-to-be-dead baby in a crib.

Good for you, drunken dude! I'm sure it had been replaced with something else long ago, but fark that billboard.
 
2013-02-27 07:23:03 PM
Sure, he can drive 142 MPH in a straight line...but can he do it GOING IN A CIRCLE?

/NASCAR jokes are easy
//like your mom
 
2013-02-27 07:45:39 PM
I only did things like this at 3am when the roads were empty.
 
2013-02-27 07:53:22 PM
www.all4humor.com
 
2013-02-27 08:02:42 PM
With Liberty and Justice for all who can pay for it
 
2013-02-27 08:30:05 PM
It didn't mention how much he paid his attorney.15 grand will get a person out of almost any DUI even with priors.You can tell he had a great attorney because he only paid 3 grand in fines.Most DUI cases will tally up to around 10 grand in fines.Although it does say he is under supervision it is unclear if the 3 grand includes this.Supervised probation is not free and you pay to be on it.
 
2013-02-27 08:44:49 PM
I didn't see anything in there about NASCAR. Or was this headline ironically obvious. Just obvious?
 
2013-02-27 08:46:35 PM
i used to do real dumbass maneuvers too, when i was half his age.
 
2013-02-27 08:53:18 PM
I doubt he could get ride, driving for Nascar after crashing at a mere 142 mph, unless he can prove he crashed during a right turn.  Then he would fit right in with the other drivers.
 
2013-02-27 09:31:22 PM
Sounds white.
 
2013-02-27 09:40:52 PM

CruJones: I hit 120 on the new toll road last month, but the speed limit is 85, and there are zero cops and almost no other cars.  And if I wrecked the only damage would be to me, my car, and an empty field.

/wanted to see that German engineering at work




I love new tolls roads because there are so few armed, high school diplomed, steroid-shooting knuckleheads driving hot rods.
 
2013-02-27 09:47:12 PM
The juxtaposition of the felony movie theft story yesterday and this is amazing.

It may just be the anecdotal evidence but I think we should have all combat soldiers be drunk >2 times over the limit because it would seem they are invincible.

Also,

lilbjorn: Sounds white.

 
2013-02-27 09:48:44 PM

Abox: I didn't see anything in there about NASCAR. Or was this headline ironically obvious. Just obvious?


Notsureifserious.jpg
 
2013-02-27 09:54:13 PM
I did not like this part .


The car's computer system indicated the car was traveling at 142 mph just before it left the road, the prosecutor said -

fark you Mr Prosecutor that's not your information it's mine.

Or correct me if I am wrong here.
 
2013-02-27 10:46:56 PM
His sentence sounds about right for Illinois. In Illinois a first DUI without any other priors will get you a misdemeanor, court supervision, community service, fines and alcohol awareness classes, all which cost you money. Total bill will be close to $5k. Even with a crash you will get the same thing. I had a friend that crashed his car while drunk in Naperville on 88 and he got about the same thing as this guy. And my friend isn't white.
 
2013-02-27 10:55:53 PM
My buddy got a dui a couple years ago. He was screwing around in a parking lot and a car with an unlicensed motorist crashed into him. He didn't get jail time but got 250 hours of community service. Don't know how much the fine was but he just paid it off a week ago.
/stupid story bro
 
2013-02-27 11:14:13 PM
When I was in high school I was playing cat and mouse with some other student at 2 in the morning in my small town with no traffic. Hit 90 in a 25. Went past one of the cops houses right as he was going on duty so we went a few blocks away and parked. He found us anyway and said, "You had to have been doing at least 90! Don't do that." Then he let us go. It was weird because he was one of the biggest douches on our force.
 
2013-02-27 11:51:17 PM
Dude should be in jail. Has to have some drag with local powerful people.
 
2013-02-28 01:45:35 AM
Meanwhile, 2 Black people were given felonies in Illinois for sneaking into a movie.
 
2013-02-28 02:05:47 AM

Rivetman1.0: I did not like this part .


The car's computer system indicated the car was traveling at 142 mph just before it left the road, the prosecutor said -

fark you Mr Prosecutor that's not your information it's mine.

Or correct me if I am wrong here.


First thing I do if I'm defending the drunk driver is make the prosecutor PROVE that information in court.

Ie, take the manufacturer's word for the validity of the data?
I don't think so...he's going to need an automotive computer expert to testify, and I'll retain my own, drop his name on the witness list.  Suddenly the DA's slam-dunk case becomes an over-budget long shot.

/might be where the plea deal came from
//DAs sometimes run their mouths for the press
///sometimes it bites them in the ass
 
2013-02-28 02:44:13 AM
What police department does he work for?

/dnrta
 
2013-02-28 06:00:59 AM
I did 140 in my old Challenger. What a ride!
 
2013-02-28 06:23:24 AM

lilbjorn: white


A white guy driving a Charger?
 
2013-02-28 07:20:48 AM

Dadoody: Meanwhile, 2 Black people were given felonies in Illinois for sneaking into a movie.


Actually, that was in Indiana.
 
2013-02-28 07:33:13 AM

strangeluck: Not a celeb, not a cop, not anyone noteworthy, and he avoids jail after doing all that?

/wtf


RICH
 
2013-02-28 08:06:16 AM
Am I the only one who realizes that this is not really unusual? First offense, no injuries usually means no jail time. I know at least two other people who have been in similar situations and had similar sentences. I know, I know, "142... ooh scary!" but for DUI, reckless driving etc, you're usually not looking at jail time on your first offense.
 
2013-02-28 10:44:33 AM

LeGnome: Am I the only one who realizes that this is not really unusual? First offense, no injuries usually means no jail time. I know at least two other people who have been in similar situations and had similar sentences. I know, I know, "142... ooh scary!" but for DUI, reckless driving etc, you're usually not looking at jail time on your first offense.


You're right, it's best to let the asshole actually destroy a minivan and half of the occupants' family tree before we really put the screws to them.
 
2013-02-28 12:10:34 PM

85blue: It didn't mention how much he paid his attorney.15 grand will get a person out of almost any DUI even with priors.You can tell he had a great attorney because he only paid 3 grand in fines.Most DUI cases will tally up to around 10 grand in fines.Although it does say he is under supervision it is unclear if the 3 grand includes this.Supervised probation is not free and you pay to be on it.


now, now... I am sure the attorney explained that the car's computer indicated 142 before he left the road, but he was actually doing 75 when the vehicle lost traction, and 142 MPH must be a false positive based on spinning tires.
 
2013-03-01 12:10:07 AM

LumberJack: You're right, it's best to let the asshole actually destroy a minivan and half of the occupants' family tree before we really put the screws to them.


So, brown people?
 
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