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December 1st, 2010
Criminals iz Smart!

Back on February 6th, Thomas Drummond of Jackson, Missouri was driving on an icy road...missed a turn...and crashed. 

It was 32 degrees outside...and it took rescue crews more than two hours to track him down and rescue him.

After they finally dug him out, Thomas took a breathalyzer and blew a 0.148 . . . almost double the legal limit.  So he was arrested for DUI.

Last week when he was on trial, he offered up this defense:  He wasn't drunk when he crashed...he started drinking AFTER he crashed, to stay WARM.

Thomas told the jury that after he crashed, he knew it would take a while before he'd be rescued.  He happened to have a bottle of brandy in the car, so he started chugging some down to warm himself up in the freezing weather.

And he said THAT was why his blood-alcohol level was so high almost three hours after his crash...he wasn't driving blind drunk beforehand, he got drunk afterward.

And the jury BELIEVED HIM.  Thomas was found not guilty of driving while intoxicated.

He was facing up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.  



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