Friday, May 20, 2005

Above The Law - Albany

So, have you heard the one about the drunk guy and the judge? It's good. So, the guy was so drunk that he hit a parked car. Crossed the lane for oncoming traffic and crashed right into it. And then the cops show up. And he's all drunk-ass and refuses a breathalyzer. Here's where the joke gets a little wordy..work with me.

"A chemical test, such as a breathalyzer, shows the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC), which is the amount of alcohol by percentage in your blood. Your license will be suspended if you are arrested or detained for DWI, DWAI, Zero Tolerance, or any other alcohol or drug- related charge, and refuse to take a chemical test. "

So, anyway, we all know that right. So this guy gets arrested. But then when he gets to his court hearing he claims, this is the guy that was so drunk he crashed into a parked car on the other side of the road, he claims....this shit cracks me up....as far as he recalls he was never read his Miranda rights. So, you know when you're so drunk that you crash your car how sometimes you forget little things...not this guy. And the judge of course throws the book at him, right? Because in NY if you refuse a breath test, you lose your license, right? Actually not in Albany. Because the guy was a cop and the president of the police union showed up in court and said the guy wasn't arrested properly. Funny shit. So now the cops in Albany are even more above the law because when they get so drunk they can't drive and then they get arrested the other cops don't even know how to properly arrest them. And the top guy in the union has no problem showing up in a court of law and saying this is how it went down. Shouldn't the union president be concerned that some of his members can't even arrest a drunk guy? Shouldn't the union president want to set a standard for good behavior for the citizens of Albany..... So, the judge, didn't revoke the drunk guy's license.

The only good part to this story is apparently the officials at the Albany Police Department aren't going along with it.

"From the initial investigation of the accident to the subsequent DWI arrest, all steps were followed by appropriate procedures. The assistant chief on the scene consulted with the district attorneys regarding the incident and the appropriate charges."

So just who makes the rules around here? Mayor Jennings, what do you think?