The Panama City (Fla.) News Herald reports on the the DUI arrest of Phillip Wayne Hayes whose blood alcohol tested at four times the legal limit. This is online editor, Tony Simmons' story:
"A transient stopped early Monday morning for driving down a turn lane for four blocks later tested at nearly four times the legal limit for alcohol, according to a Bay County Sheriff's Office report.
Hayes was arrested and taken to the Bay County Jail, where he was placed in the breathalyzer room. He told the operator that he was guilty and that the deputy had saved his life, the report said. He then agreed to submit a sample of his breath, which was taken after a 20-minute observation period. The two samples registered 0.304 and 0.310. The legal limit in Florida is 0.08. Hayes was described as standing 5-foot-7 and weighing 150 pounds.
If you read the Bad Lawyer, you know why this story is here. Today alone, there are many more tragic stories of dead children, murders, rapes, and various heinous crimes all connected to the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol that I could have run instead. This story is slightly comic, so I choose to run it instead.
But look at Phillip. He was once somebody's baby. He was once a little boy going to elementary school somewhere. He may have been a Cub or Boy scout. He might have had a paper route. He may have loved and married a sweetheart and he might have been someone's beloved father. Now look at him.