Driving Drunk Is Not Okay…Even For Demolition Derbies
Drunk driving is against the law for a reason. It endangers the people who do it, as well as anyone unfortunate enough to be driving on the same stretch of road. It kills people on a sadly regular basis. It's about the furthest thing possible from a laughing matter. So when you see that a guy was arrested for driving drunk during a demolition derby, you'll acknowledge the inarguable weirdness of the story, but perhaps not quite so as far as to call it funny. When you see that the drunk driving guy actually won that demolition derby...well, since it doesn't appear anyone was hurt, what else is there to call it but funny?
The name of this upstanding citizen is David Warner, and the demolition derby in question happened at the Jessamine County Fair in Kentucky. Apparently, suspicions about Warner's level of intoxication began during the derby, the police were notified, and they gave Warner a sobriety test almost as soon as he got out of his car, and he didn't fare well, leading to one of the fastest "winning a competition, then arrested" turnaround times ever. The possibility exists that Warner will lose his title and prize money, but even if he doesn't, he won't have a chance to defend his crown:
"The young man has no future here as far as events. He will not be allowed to participate in any event on these fairgrounds," [county fair board president] Jay Bruner said about Warner.
And Warner's defense is...not the most convincing we've ever heard, either:
"I mean, I'm not denying I wasn't drinking by no means, but I was not drunk. I was under the limit."
Time will tell what happens to the walking stereotype that is Warner, but we can say this for sure: just because you might drink right before watching a particular event doesn't mean you should drink before participating in said event. Of course, the fact that Warner won isn't exactly the greatest deterrent.
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