The Darwin Awards

2001 At-Risk Survivor

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Dumb Drunk
2001 At-Risk Survivor
Confirmed True by Darwin

(February 2001, Connecticut) A woman arrested on a drunken driving charge made an odd choice when calling a for a ride home. Sandra called on Mike, her drinking companion prior to her arrest, who was visibly drunk when he staggered into police headquarters.

Mike failed a sobriety test. More surprisingly, a routine background check revealed that Sandra had previously obtained a restraining order against him. Sgt. Alan Fournier said, "We can't allow him to come into contact with her, even if she says it's okay." Mike was charged with violating a restraining order and driving while intoxicated.

One question remains -- was Sandra or Mike more foolish?

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Submitted by: Jane Paquet
Reference: The Hartford Courant

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