Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Harb v. City of Bakersfield (Cal. Ct. App. - Jan. 23, 2015)

It's yet another drunk driver.  Routine.

The guy loses control of his car and drives onto the sidewalk.  He's slurring his words, as usual.  He leaves the wrecked car and takes a pee in the bushes.  He's disoriented and pukes.  He tries to get back in his car as the police arrive.

The guy's wasted and it's barely 7:00 p.m.  Pathetic.

So the police officers try to cuff him, at which point the guy resists.  Takes three officers to get control of him.

As usual, an ambulance arrives, but even though the guy had a tiny bump on his head (probably from the struggle), the paramedics quickly depart.  Just another drunk.  We'll take him downtown, book him, and let him sleep it off.

It's a little surprising that the guy blows a .00.  But that just means he's on drugs, not alcohol.

Just another pre-Thanksgiving blowout in Kern County, right?

Except for one thing.  The guy's not drunk.  He's not on drugs, either.

He's having a stroke.


The guy now wears diapers and has to have someone cut his food for him.  Needless to say, there's a lawsuit.

Needless to say, the police probably wish they'd have treated this one a little less like it was routine.