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Last night we were in the living room watching tv. Out the front windows we saw headlights, and then heard a bang, and dirt flying to hit the front door and windows. Went out to see what it was, and there was a car in our front yard plowed into the tree.

I checked on the dude, and he was so drunk he could hardly stand. He had no idea what happened and was continuously trying to rev the engine to take off and leave, but was stuck on the tree.

Called the cops, and a sheriff got here. He said the area isn't really his jurisdiction, it falls under the state troopers. So we called the state troopers, and they flat out said no, they wouldn't come, 'trees and bushes aren't considered property so it doesn't matter if he hit one.' We were all dumbfounded by that, even the sheriff.

Sheriff dude said they don't carry breathalizers in their cars, only troopers do, so we couldn't even do that.

The guy was stuck on the tree for about 2 hours while his son and wife tried to tow it off, and eventually they called AAA. He went home without so much as a ticket. Meanwhile if that tree wasn't there I'd have a car in my living room right now.

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WTH, well at least you can sue the guy in civil court for the damages.....man that is mind blowing.

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Roll Damn Tide

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Last night we were in the living room watching tv. Out the front windows we saw headlights, and then heard a bang, and dirt flying to hit the front door and windows. Went out to see what it was, and there was a car in our front yard plowed into the tree.

I checked on the dude, and he was so drunk he could hardly stand. He had no idea what happened and was continuously trying to rev the engine to take off and leave, but was stuck on the tree.

Called the cops, and a sheriff got here. He said the area isn't really his jurisdiction, it falls under the state troopers. So we called the state troopers, and they flat out said no, they wouldn't come, 'trees and bushes aren't considered property so it doesn't matter if he hit one.' We were all dumbfounded by that, even the sheriff.

Sheriff dude said they don't carry breathalizers in their cars, only troopers do, so we couldn't even do that.

The guy was stuck on the tree for about 2 hours while his son and wife tried to tow it off, and eventually they called AAA. He went home without so much as a ticket. Meanwhile if that tree wasn't there I'd have a car in my living room right now.

Sheriff doesn't have probable cause and make him go back to the station for a blood test/breathalizer?

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Amurica! Lol what a dumbass though. I was always taught to flee the scene if something like that happens

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Amurica! Lol what a dumbass though. I was always taught to flee the scene if something like that happens

Teddy Kennedy policy. If you ever come up upon a scene where you feel alcohol was a contributing factor in an accident...take a picture to get a record of who was on the scene. Local unlicensed drivers now know that if they're in an accident to simply bolt. One accident...all 3 drunk and flipped work truck. One crushed under truck, one died shortly thereafter, the driver ran...but not before some kids following took a snapshot. NCSHP donning an AR15/dogs hunted and couldn't find him. SHP officer just sat in a cutover...and sure enough Mr. Drunk dude gets up in field and starts to walk out. He was arrested.

Even in normal non-drinking related accidents...take pictures. It might be you that's hit and someone bolts.

That sheriff deputy will feel pretty awful if that dude crashes into someone's child and kills them drinking/driving soon.

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my own experience with the justice system had similar letdowns. am glad the tree did its thing to protect you and your family.

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You can buy a breathalyzer for like $10, the cops can't afford to have those in their cars?

I don't believe the "we don't consider bushes property" comment. That's horseshit. I'm not saying they didn't say that, I just can't believe they said that.

When I was 16, my buddy and I were offroading in our jeeps and came up into a neighborhood just being developed. I was burning out, lost control of my car (the road was covered in a layer of mud) and ran off the road. I stopped about 6" short of a tree. The cops looked at it and laughed and told me I was 6" away from a ticket for an accident and destruction of property.

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Sheriff doesn't have probable cause and make him go back to the station for a blood test/breathalizer?

I brought that up and he said the dude would probably be sober by the time they got back there. Sounded like an excuse to me.

I took a million photos of the license plate and the guy behind the wheel at his car up my tree. So he'll pay for damages one way or another.

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I brought that up and he said the dude would probably be sober by the time they got back there. Sounded like an excuse to me.

I took a million photos of the license plate and the guy behind the wheel at his car up my tree. So he'll pay for damages one way or another.

Good.

Bust them. Should've videoed the whole thing...ask the deputy his information...record the SHP response...and put to youtube. Citizen journalism CAN work.

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I don't believe the "we don't consider bushes property" comment. That's horseshit. I'm not saying they didn't say that, I just can't believe they said that.

When the trooper said that, I told the sheriff guy "If trees aren't property I think I'll go take a couple out of my neighbors yard." He laughed and said he'd help, and agreed he'd never heard anything like that before.

Granted this is what the sheriff said the trooper said. My guess would be he said something more like trees and bushes are lower priority than whatever they were currently dealing with so they wouldn't bother.

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You can buy a breathalyzer for like $10, the cops can't afford to have those in their cars?

I don't believe the "we don't consider bushes property" comment. That's horseshit. I'm not saying they didn't say that, I just can't believe they said that.

When I was 16, my buddy and I were offroading in our jeeps and came up into a neighborhood just being developed. I was burning out, lost control of my car (the road was covered in a layer of mud) and ran off the road. I stopped about 6" short of a tree. The cops looked at it and laughed and told me I was 6" away from a ticket for an accident and destruction of property.

He said it was a Sheriff, not a cop. Sheriffs are the fat ones that drive around serving warrants and teaching DARE classes. They aren't even supposed to pull people over.

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