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Love them drunks...
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Clipper    Posted 02-02-2004 at 09:43:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Late last night a drunk in a pick-up tried to pass some folks on the road just down the street from where we live....he ended up rolling the truck....staggered away from the vehicle right into the arms of our boys in blue...seems he had his license pulled 3 months ago for doing his DUI he is in residence at the nearby State Police lock-up....can't post bail.

This morning I found prolly a couple thousand dollars worth of tools scattered around where he rolled the truck. The truck was impounded and towed last night.

I boxed all the tools up and have them parked in my basement....cops say finders keepers along a public road but I ain't too comfortable with that. Let's hear some suggestions.........

9n141    Posted 02-03-2004 at 17:35:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
You did the right thing. I see by the various posts, no one here has ever had substance (booze) addiction. These peple have a disorder-sickness. North Americain society believe jail will cure them. I do agree driving drunk is criminal, arrogant, not acceptable and having a drinking problem is a sickness 2 comletely diff problems, but seem to travel together. BURT.

Dave Munson    Posted 02-02-2004 at 18:40:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Send a postcard with the note "Thanks for the tools. I am just glad you did not kill some one this time. How's Jail Convict?"

RayP(MI)    Posted 02-02-2004 at 18:04:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had a drunk leave me a bunch of bottles and a shotgun in a case, which flew from his truck when he skidded and whammed into a stump along side the road on my place a few years back. Gave it to DNR officer, and told her I wanted it back if not claimed. Drunk never claimed it, and I got it back about 9 months later. I got no problem keeping it! 'Course he never admitted to accident either!

Suzy Q    Posted 02-02-2004 at 14:16:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nice to see your a man of conscience.

Hopefully the fella sees he is in need
of AA and Counseling. Addiction is a
serious thing, and he just could have
killed someone in this incident.

He just may need those tools in the future
when and if he is employed again.

steve19438    Posted 02-02-2004 at 11:44:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i wouldn't want the drunk to know who i was. since you have his tools i would retun them without makin a fuss or revealing your identity.

Yeah...    Posted 02-02-2004 at 12:29:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just like the UN and Saddam...Wouldn't want to upset him or anything...


Thanks ...    Posted 02-02-2004 at 11:36:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
for the input folks....I called the Police and asked them to tell the drunk where his tools are....I have his name so if he wants em he'll have to come calling for em....figgered I'd give him 90 days AFTER he gets outta jail to come claim em....after that I don't know nothing bout no tools....

Suzy Q    Posted 02-02-2004 at 14:25:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
You are indeed honorable.
Nice to see in this day
and age....

Suzy Q    Posted 02-02-2004 at 14:20:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
You are indeed honorable.
Nice to see in this day
and age....

Stormie    Posted 02-02-2004 at 12:10:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds fair to me! Good thinking!

toolman    Posted 02-02-2004 at 11:45:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
that sounds fair clipper,you did right.

Ron/PA    Posted 02-02-2004 at 10:53:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had the same situation back in the 70's, the State Police told me the same thing. I inventory'd the whole shebang and took it over to them. They asked me if I could prove I had those tools??? They said if I didn't bring proof, then when the drunk asked "Who has my tools?" They couldn't answer with any authority.
As it turned out, his wife and daughter were basically doing without. His booze was at the expense of food and clothing.
Committee meeting, His wife, Me, State Police, Local garage, and the Snap on Dealer!!!
In the end, she had a car, house, and a divorce! He had a record, and I was out a few hours time.
Just felt soooo darned good.

RichZ    Posted 02-02-2004 at 10:49:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Maybe you should ask the cops what to do with the tools.

Gary, Mt. Hermon, La    Posted 02-02-2004 at 10:37:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Theyd already be in my tool box

Stormie    Posted 02-02-2004 at 10:34:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gosh...this is a tough one. When I come across something that is valuable I always try to return it to the rightful owner. I would want the same done for me. I know it seems like the SOB doesn't deserve anything but if he has a family I am sure they do. Maybe return them to him or his family personally, it lets them know someone cares. As I say this though I keep thinking to myself if these items were really important to him then he wouldn't have been doing what he was doing. I guess there really is only one right thing to do though. Give them back. I do hope for the saftey of everyone in your community that he is punished severely.

mike    Posted 02-02-2004 at 10:33:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would not want to keep them, but also not want to return them. If he was that dumb, then he deserves to lose them...I would give away the tools as a donation to a charitable org of your choice. A church, school, empty stocking club or whatever.

Let someone who can really use it benefit from it.

My opinion only.

Stormie    Posted 02-02-2004 at 10:36:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I like this idea also. Do what you think is best.

toolman    Posted 02-02-2004 at 10:05:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
i know i sure hate to keep them and find out he needed them to make a livin feedin his family. i also have a hard time taking something i never bought and paid for, and you probably do too or you wouldn,t have asked .should maybe try and find out if they were really his to begin with though.when they nail people for dui they should take their vehicles sell them off , after losing a few 30 or 40 grand worth of cars or trucks they might learn.i doubt it but it might be worth a try.

RN    Posted 02-02-2004 at 17:37:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wisconsin police can impound /confiscate drunk cars under certain conditions- mostly repeat drunks. The case I am familiar with the car was little better than junk. Salvage outfits sometimes get a police confiscate- $ goes to police or court ordered rehab or part of fine/sentance. High dollar drunks sometimes hard to take cars- their lawyer gets the car as partial payment before they come to trial. $300. to $500 cars for drunks more common than $20,000+. RN

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