Monday, June 23, 2008

Driving while really stupid

Bill, Bill, Bill.

Don't drive drunk and don't drive without one of your tires.
I thought that was taught in driver's ed classes.

Tire-less driver not spared arrest
By Hilary Russ

WEST YARMOUTH — A man was arrested on a drunken driving charge after he drove home without one of his front wheels.

William Fenton, 52, was picked up after police traced gouge marks from his car along a half dozen local roads. Fenton allegedly made the marks by traveling the distance on one of the rims of his green 2000 Cadillac Seville.

At about 1:40 a.m., police received a handful of calls from motorists and residents in the area of Winslow Gray Road and Route 28 about a car that sounded like it was dragging on the roadway, Yarmouth police Sgt. Thomas Hennessey said.

Officers went to the area, where they picked up the trail of gouge marks, along with at least one small, lost car part on Route 28.

Officers tracked the scarred streets, following gouges along South Sea Avenue, Exeter Road, Crowell Road, Silverleaf Lane, Lorena Road and Lewis Road.

They found Fenton's Cadillac in his driveway at 131 Lewis Road, Hennessey said. Fenton appeared to be asleep behind the wheel, his shirt wet, the car still running. There was no tire on the right front wheel and the rim was "pretty chewed up," Hennessey said.

Officers knocked on the window, asking Fenton to open the door. He lifted his eyelids, smiled, and turned away, Hennessey said.

Fenton fumbled to turn off the car and was unable to unlock the doors. Eventually, he rolled down the window so officers could unlock the car, the Yarmouth police sergeant said. A Bud Light beer can was in the center console, and others were on the passenger floor, he said.
Fenton was arrested just before 2 a.m. and was later bailed. He was arraigned yesterday at Barnstable District Court on charges including operating under the influence, second offense. He faces a pretrial hearing July 14.

He was found not guilty of a previous drunken driving charge in 2005, according to the Times archives.