JP man faces third OUI charge after trooper spots him driving down Soldiers Field Road with just two tires

State Police report arresting a Jamaica Plain man on drunk-driving charges early today after a trooper supervising a storrowed tractor-trailer inbound at the BU Bridge spotted him driving a van outbound despite the lack of two tires.

The trooper radioed in his observation and three other troopers responded - two after first stopping to pick up the two tires that had somehow detached from the van - and arrested Paul DeRosa, 44, on charges of OUI, third offense, negligent operation and operating a motor-vehicle without an ignition lock that might have stopped him from driving under the influence.

Innocent, etc.

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Aw, c'mon

He wasn't drunk - he was just too tired!

For my next joke, let's talk about how MA courts handle OUI!

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MADD

Seems to think the problem of chronic, repeat offender drunk drivers like this would be solved if only we were to lower the limit from .08 to .04

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Is that a problem?

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Given the stats on who drives drunk, we should lower the drinking age to 18 and prohibit sale and serving to those over 60.

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Rewind, reverse

We do it backwards here. The drinking age should be a few years younger than the driving age.

The state could issue kids ‘drinkers permits’ at 16 that only let them drink in the company of a responsible adult.

Driving should be treated more seriously, as a privilege rather than a right.

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I'd support that

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The science surrounding impairment in driving skills supports that, and it is a reliably testable level.

That's two drinks in an hour - a generous amount if you plan to drive.

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You are right.

I had thought .08 was 2 drinks in a hour, but I looked at a BAC calculator and at my size it is more like .04. I would not drive after 2 drinks in an hour.

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Wow!

He was so drunk, his tires fell off. That's really drunk!

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2 prior convictions for OUI?

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Or does "3rd" include prior charges that have not yet been resolved, one way or the other?

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I'm not a lawyer, but ...

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I think that means he has two convictions. The fact that he was cited for not having one of those breath-testing ignition locks supports that as well.

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Did

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he have his pants on?

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No

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but "Florida Man Drives to Boston Missing Two Tires and His Pants" would make a good headline.

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What are you gonna do?

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Drunk drivers are just a fact of life, like natural disasters. Can you arrest an earthquake? Punish a thunderstorm? Jail a person who has consistently shown disregard for human life? Might as well yell at the tides

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MISSING CRITICAL INFO

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*which* two tires? Both front? Both passenger side? One front passenger and one back drivers side?!

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