It began with this.
But nobody talked about the article, or the issue involved at all.
Instead, Stacey hijacked the entire thing because she wanted to talk about her DUI.
It appears that a few years ago, Stacey was charged with a DUI, which she seems not to have contested. She wasn’t drunk, of course, because absolutely nobody who is actually drunk ever gets charged with a DUI, but only people with a “little buzz.”
And it’s totally not a felony, and furthermore, it’s a “funny story,” says Nicole.
But then Nicole goes off because, you know, DUI. She just has a thing about it. I have no idea why.
Oh, yeah, police officers and DUIs. That’s Nicole’s thing.
Stacey has to explain that she wasn’t drunk when she got charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, you know, with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit. She wasn’t drunk.
She’s not making excuses either.
Well, actually she is, but who cares? After all, it’s a funny story.
Not to be deterred, because she’s on a roll here. . .
Ah, and there we have it. Sheriff Pate. That’s what this is all about, of course. Sheriff Pate.
We know, Nicole. We get it.
She finds seven stories, all recent, of police officers who were charged with drinking and driving, and then she just tosses in a two-year-old story about Sheriff Pate.
There are close to one million police officers in the United States. When one of them is charged with a DUI, or some other crime, it makes the local news. Most of those local news outlets have an internet presence, so when you search specifically for “police dui” or something similar, you’ll find them. Seven of them. Out of about a million.
Maybe there are more in a given year. I bet there are. About a million folks are charged with DUI in any given year.
It just stands to reason that some of them will be lawyers, and maybe a judge or two, or a congressman, or a doctor, or even police officers.
That doesn’t mean it’s a trivial offense. It’s not. It’s serious and should have way more impact than Stacey’s cavalier “I wasn’t drunk” bullshit. People die because other people drink and drive.
But of course, then Joe weighs in because he simply cannot stand it.
Nobody boasts about anything, Joe. You drank a beer. You just can’t stand it, can you? You have to keep bringing it up. Nobody was drunk, Joe, not even you.
There is a huge difference between what Stacey did (drive with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit) and somebody having a beer and driving, with a blood-alcohol level below the legal limit. Driving drunk does not mean “driving after having consumed any amount of alcoholic beverage whatsoever.” Driving drunk means driving with a blood-alcohol level over 0.08%. Notice that it isn’t zero?
The average 180 lb man can drink a beer and have a BAC (blood-alcohol level) of only 0.02%. He’s not drunk. He’s not even starting to be drunk. He doesn’t have a “buzz.”
Give it a rest, Joe.
But let’s get to the point here.
Police officers get noticed when they break the law. They get written up in the local newspaper and people like Nicole can find those articles and point fingers.
But when Joe and Nicole Naugler break the law, well, it’s not really news. Nobody cares much, except trolls, and we pretty much just laugh. With just a few exceptions, the local news doesn’t even notice.
They have a pretty significant history of breaking the law, though.
I’d say that assault is pretty serious.
Notice what they call that? “Theft by check.” Theft. Joe is a thief.
But then, so is Nicole.
And Nicole and Joe dismiss this stuff as being petty and meaningless, but I tell you what. I’d never accept a check from either of them. Ever. They write bad checks, and that’s a form of theft.
I get that almost anyone can write a bad check by mistake, but hardly anyone in that situation ends up in court over it. Most people take care it, if it was an accident due to a math error or something similar, are highly embarrassed, and take steps to not do that any more. People who end up cited for it and in court are just plain thieves.
They don’t keep insurance up-to-date on their vehicle. This means that if they’re involved in an accident that is their fault, they are not going to be able to meet their responsibility to pay for the damage they caused. They don’t keep their drivers licenses up-to-date. They don’t keep their vehicles maintained (in states where inspections are required). They don’t do the stuff that responsible drivers do to make sure they are safe while driving.
I think this stuff is serious, when you see it repeated over and over again.
Joe and Nicole go to court so much they talk about it like it’s some sort of fun date. They do lunch afterwards at some cheap-ass fast food place. October is shaping up to be no exception to the rule. The Nauglers will be in court some more.
But by all means, let’s see more police officers who drove drunk, Nicole. I know that makes you feel all superior and warm and fuzzy.