A Friday/weekend blog gives me some leeway to take it anywhere. I started to go anywhere until I saw an unusual story from Fort Wayne, Indiana. (The Journal Gazette) Plus, I really didn’t want to write about Healthcare and the Supreme Court. I’ll bet at least one blogger on the Internet decided to write about that. (I know, I shouldn’t be sarcastic)
A local news anchor, Mary Collins Frank, was charged on Wednesday with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Normally, I would have glossed right over that while in search of Indianapolis Colts news. However, this story comes with an unusual set of facts and a back-story.
Frank was arrested in a Walgreen’s drive-thru lane, after she had just gone into the store to purchase a bottle of wine. The store clerk did sell it to her, but became concerned because she smelled of alcohol and was acting erratic. So, the clerk called the police.
When the police arrived, Frank was just sitting in her Lexus. The wine bottle was open and some wine had been consumed. Initially, Frank was argumentative and uncooperative. She did not want to provide her license and she tried to drive away. She refused a breath test and also would not perform standard sobriety tests. Instead, she insisted on speaking with Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York.
According to police reports, when taken to the police station, her blood alcohol content was .14, almost twice the legal limit. Still, the story is not blog-worthy. If this was the whole story, it would be a DUI case of a news anchor. Only news in Fort Wayne.
That takes us to ”the why” for the blog title. In 2009, Frank was stopped by police after driving erratically at 9:30 a.m. The breathalyzer on site showed a blood-alcohol level between .13 and .14.
At that time, Frank tried to explain that she had not been drinking. Instead, she had fasted for medical tests and then stopped to buy and eat Skittles and a rum cake. .. Yes, a rum cake. I had not heard that defense before. In 2009, she was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Skittles and rum cake does not work as a defense.
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