Wednesday, December 31, 2008


This really, really sucks.

link 1.

link 2.

Both links are in regards to a recent event in a city just north of me. To make a long story short, a cop stopped to assist a disabled motorist. Officer Keith Laughlin, 26, was apparently between his squad car and the SUV when a drunk driver crashed into the SUV, pinning the Officer between vehicles.

Laughlin, despite having what would most definitely qualify as a Pretty Bad Day, was able to call in to, you know, request some help for his crushed legs.

I don't care who you are, that takes some big brass ones, right there.

It has been reported that the Turd-in-Question had the smell of alcohol on him and, (surprise, surprise) has been arrested for DWI as recently as Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, asshole.

The few 'good' things about this story, I suppose, is that it sounds like Officer Laughlin is going to be ok. I don't know if the man is going to be able to resume his career in Law Enforcement that he started in friggin' April (on patrol for only 2 months!), but at least he'll be able to eventually go home to his wife and 7 month old child. As it happened on duty, I trust that Keith's expenses are going to pretty much be taken care of, but there are a few drives set up and hats being passed around for him and others here and here.

The timing of this will hopefully impress upon those that need it the importance of planing ahead. Walk, get a ride, call a cab- hell, sleep it off somewhere if you have to. In this day and age, there are even organizations that will give folks a free ride home, if all else fails.


Bob G. said...

Man, that officer is a testament to personal fortitude...gotta salute that trooper!

And you got some pretty damn sound advice to anyone and everyone that feels the "need to overindulge".

Fortunately, all I have to worry about is the "drive" to the bathroom, or fridge, or bedroom.
We do the "homestead-heights" gig for New Years.

So here's to a better year next year for Officer Keith Laughlin, AND to you Sarge, as well as everyone else that HAS served or IS serving and protecting our nation in whatever capacity they find themselves.

America can't do it WITHOUT you people...every last one of you.

Thanks, & Happy New Year!

Carry On.

Old NFO said...

Excellent post Murph! and 100% agreement! I worked 10 years of volunteer fire/rescue and hauled many a drunk or the people the drunk hit on New Years Eve. I will NEVER look at new years the same again.

Anonymous said...

Thank God the Trooper is going to live, d*** to heck all drunk drivers, and may you have a wonderful, safe, and very Happy New Year's!

Anonymous said...

The amazing part of this story is that this happened in Williamson County, Texas, which has a reputation as a hanging county for drunk drivers.

One day, I personally was in court in WilCo for a collection matter for my company, and the case being held before mine was a two time drunk driver who broke down crying after he was sentenced to two years in the klink.

And this scumbag was stopped on CHRISTMAS DAY??? Doesn't sound like the WilCo I know.

What happened? Who paid off whom??

Bob Perrow
Austin, Texas

Murphy said...

Yeah, it wouldn't really be as much of an issue for me if the drunks were the only ones to pay for their actions, but it never seems to work out that way...

I do like that this turds name is now out there with the driving record that he has and connected to the city that he works for. If personal shame doesn't work, maybe public is the way to go.

SpeakerTweaker said...

That's a damn shame. I don't even want to begin to imagine the things the officer's going through. Poor guy.