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Dog Involved In Deadly DUI Accident Swims Half-Mile To Sarasota Kayaker
CBS Tampa ^ | 1-10-12

Posted on 01/10/2012 4:51:20 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic

SARASOTA, Fla. (CBS TAMPA) – A man fishing from his kayak a half-mile from Point of Rocks off Sarasota was shocked when a dog that was involved in a deadly DUI crash swam up to his boat terrified.

Once pulled to safety, Barney shrunk into a corner of the small craft, shaking and traumatized over the event. He sustained minor injuries, including one to his paw and several cuts.

The man brought Barney to a local vet, who used a tracking chip implanted in him to discover his owner was Donna L. Chen, who was struck by a Nissan Altima and died moments before.

Florida Highway Patrol said Blake Talman, 22, was fleeing from an earlier crash in his Nissan Altima northbound on SR-758 when he struck Chen and Barney.

The two were jogging north on SR-758 when Talman allegedly failed to navigate a left curve causing him to leave the roadway and strike a metal pole before hitting Chen and a street sign. Chen was knocked from the sidewalk into the center of the road, reports indicate.

Barney took off, though there is no mention of him in the report.

Talman struck several yellow wooden poles at the entrance to the St. Michael’s Archangel Catholic Church then collided with the front right corner of a Ford Escort, veered left and hit another telephone pole.

Talman and a 24-year-old passenger were transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where they were treated for serious injuries. Talman was released Sunday and transported to Sarasota County Jail where his bail was set at $100,000.

Talman faces charges including DUI manslaughter and DUI property damage and personal injury.


TOPICS: Hobbies; Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: dog; fishing; florida; hitandrun; kayak; microchip; napl; rescue
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Go to source and watch the amazing video. Poor dog. Even though he was hurt and traumatized, he knew how to get help. I hope he gets adopted if there is no surviving family to keep him.
1 posted on 01/10/2012 4:51:27 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Joe 6-pack

Doggie ping! Amazing. Be sure to watch the video.


2 posted on 01/10/2012 4:53:00 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This bastard should rot in hell.

Taking the life of another because of a DUI should be punishable by death.

Poor poochy is now with out a mom. :(


3 posted on 01/10/2012 4:54:53 PM PST by CSI007
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I read in another report, that he has been taken in by the deceased lady’s family.


4 posted on 01/10/2012 4:54:59 PM PST by brooklin
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This is SUCH a sad story. I hope the dog has a good home with someone and I’m very sad to hear about the owner.


5 posted on 01/10/2012 4:56:28 PM PST by spacejunkie2001
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To: CSI007

I guy I know got drunk and rolled his truck a couple years back when he had two dogs with him. The dogs weren’t hurt but they ran off because they were terrified and it wasn’t till a neighbor asked about them that someone went looking for them.

I wanted to kick his ass.


6 posted on 01/10/2012 5:02:19 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“...was fleeing from an earlier crash...”

Lock him up and throw the key.


7 posted on 01/10/2012 5:04:01 PM PST by Moose Burger
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To: afraidfortherepublic

So sad. I am glad the man in the kayak was a good guy and got help for this little dog.


8 posted on 01/10/2012 5:05:57 PM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree

What are the chances of a kayak fisherman being a bad guy?


9 posted on 01/10/2012 5:12:44 PM PST by Misterioso
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To: Misterioso

You tell me.

Ancient Inuit used to hunt whales in kayaks.


10 posted on 01/10/2012 5:14:58 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: momtothree

“”So sad. I am glad the man in the kayak was a good guy and got help for this little dog.””

He could have been someone who didn’t want to get involved. Thank goodness he wasn’t. He deserves lots of thanks and appreciation....Poor dog was so confused and obviously in pain also. They never complain, do they?


11 posted on 01/10/2012 5:21:02 PM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: Misterioso

Kevin Bacon in The River Wild. Although he wasn’t in a kayak, he was on a river, pretending to fish or something :-)


12 posted on 01/10/2012 5:21:02 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: CSI007

In this case I would agree. In others I’d say whatever 2nd degree murder/homicide gets you.


13 posted on 01/10/2012 5:25:24 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Thank You Rush

Hey Thank You Rush! I agree. The man could have just thought about his fishing. (Although I will say that most fisher-people I know, have good hearts!)


14 posted on 01/10/2012 5:26:14 PM PST by momtothree
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Here is the video that the kayaker was taking when the dog happened upon him.
http://youtu.be/qX6UhgboDgc


15 posted on 01/10/2012 5:27:46 PM PST by sunny48
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To: Jonty30

I am trying to figure out how this was video taped if it was a random dog swimming to him that had been in an accident. Good story, just curious, who video’s themself when Kayaking...


16 posted on 01/10/2012 5:28:37 PM PST by Engedi (Hec)
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To: Jonty30

Inuit are bad guys? •:)


17 posted on 01/10/2012 5:30:40 PM PST by Misterioso
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To: afraidfortherepublic

What an awful story! I’m so sorry the owner was killed by some drunk idiot, but I’m glad the dog found help. Unbelievable!


18 posted on 01/10/2012 5:31:55 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: rabidralph

Liked that movie a lot. Streep in a good role.


19 posted on 01/10/2012 5:32:18 PM PST by Misterioso
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To: Engedi

He’s probably has a video running, so if he catches a really big fish, he has proof.

Fishing is one of those things where nothing interesting will happen 99 times, but then something really cool will happen on the hundrendth.


20 posted on 01/10/2012 5:33:06 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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21 posted on 01/10/2012 5:35:05 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Engedi
GoPro POV cameras are all the rage. There are plenty of other brands to choose from, too.
22 posted on 01/10/2012 5:41:24 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: afraidfortherepublic

poor doggie :(


23 posted on 01/10/2012 6:06:21 PM PST by Charlespg
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To: afraidfortherepublic

poor doggie :(


24 posted on 01/10/2012 6:06:48 PM PST by Charlespg
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To: stylecouncilor

Ping


25 posted on 01/10/2012 6:25:22 PM PST by windcliff
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To: Jonty30

But their kayaks had very wide center sections because of the big brass cajones needed to hunt a whale with a little boat.


26 posted on 01/10/2012 6:28:31 PM PST by X-spurt
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Bless this guy for helping poor traumatized Barney. I can’t even imagine how frightened he must have been. Vizslas are exttremely intelligent and beautiful dogs. (I had 2 of them as a kid)

Very tragic about his owner being killed in what should have been a pleasant outing for her and Barney. So very very sad.


27 posted on 01/10/2012 6:33:40 PM PST by mom4kittys (See you in another life, brotha)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This article tells a little more.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-01-10/dog-swimming-gulf/52484588/1

I wonder how long the poor dog was in the water?


28 posted on 01/10/2012 6:45:29 PM PST by mom4kittys (See you in another life, brotha)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

http://www.ksdk.com/news/world/article/296069/28/Florida-kayaker-rescues-dead-joggers-dog

Here is another article with a photo of the victim’s sister with Barney—what a beautiful sweet faced dog.

Can someone post the photo? I forgot how to do it.


29 posted on 01/10/2012 6:52:54 PM PST by mom4kittys (See you in another life, brotha)
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To: Jonty30

“You tell me. Ancient Inuit used to hunt whales in kayaks.”

Are you saying that the ancient Inuits were “bad guys” for hunting whales in kayaks?


30 posted on 01/10/2012 7:18:36 PM PST by CaribouCrossing
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To: afraidfortherepublic
This story is about as tragic as it gets. I knew the victim and her youngest son. She was a gem.

Three yahoos were drinking heavily at the beach pavilion Saturday afternoon and started harassing some of the families enjoying lunch at the beach. It got so bad that pavilion employees had to call the Sheriff. Two LEO's came to the pavilion and told these scum, who were blatantly drunk and disorderly, to move along or get arrested. Two of them stumbled away to the beach. The other started shouting obscenities at the cops and got arrested. His friends asked the cops when they could bail him out. They replied that it would take a couple of hours. At that point they walked to the parking lot, keys visibly in hand, got in their car and drove 90 mph (in a 40 mph zone) through a residential area. The driver was unable to negotiate a turn and hit a tree. The car caromed off the tree and hit Dr. Chen, who was walking her dog. She died instantly. She leaves behind three children.

I wrote our County Commissioners asking them to explain why the police would allow a group of flagrantly drunk yahoos, who were harassing innocent families, to go back to the beach where they could continue harassing people, while getting even drunker, instead of being arrested. Had they arrested them, for breaking the law, Donna Chen would still be alive. Shockingly, the commissioners do not see a problem with these fellows being allowed to continue their drunken abuse of other beach-goers and none of them realize that by condoning this kind of behavior, you will only get more of it. Drinking alcohol on the this particular beach is permitted and the weekends are filled with drunken behavior that makes it a challenge for families to enjoy the beach. There is rarely a police presence so the drunks rule with impunity.

One idiot commissioner said she's going to make sure the speed limit gets lowered from 40 mph to 35 mph. This is the kind of intelligence we're dealing with here. It's sad and tragic. If the Sheriff's deputies had enforce the law, and arrested the drunks for harassing people at the pavilion, this woman would still be with her family.

31 posted on 01/10/2012 7:27:21 PM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Mase

What a tragic and unnecessary tale. I hope the men get their heads handed to them, and I hope the Commissioners prohibit alcohol on the beach. I don’t know what else can be done. Three motherless children and a guardian-less pup because of this idiocy.


32 posted on 01/10/2012 7:42:28 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Mase

My heart is breaking reading this. Something told me she had to be a great person. (She had good taste in dogs for one thing)
Please let her family know that many people are thinking of them and I am very sorry that you lost a friend and good member of your community.
Her family must be devastated.
Also could you PLEASE give Barney a hug for me?

The drunk driver needs to ROT IN HELL. i am so very upset about this story—i wish there was something I could do.


33 posted on 01/10/2012 7:48:03 PM PST by mom4kittys (See you in another life, brotha)
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To: mom4kittys

Barney and friend...

To post a picture: Right click on the photo and find the line that says Properties. Highlight the line and click Cntrl and C together. Go to the posting box and type < img src, except leave the space out between the < and the img. Then, without any spaces, type " and press Cntrl and V together. This should paste the Properties phrase into the posting box. Close with another " and a > -- all without spaces. The only space in that whole phrase will be between the img and the src. Then click preview. If you've done it right you should see your picture. If not, you'll get a red X, or you'll get nothing.

Practice and you'll find that it is really easy and fun. Good luck.

Remember, your picture that you want to post must already be on the Web somewhere with a web address (properties) for this to work. You cannot do this with a photo right out of your camera.

34 posted on 01/10/2012 7:59:01 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Engedi

It’s a little portable helmet cam thing. He said he uses it to video tape his catches, in case he gets a marlin or something. Yeah, pretty lame. How many times can you watch yourself in a kayak.


35 posted on 01/10/2012 8:00:09 PM PST by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thank you! I didn’t have my “cheat sheet” handy.

Look at that beautiful dogs face—what a sweetheart.


36 posted on 01/10/2012 8:03:23 PM PST by mom4kittys (See you in another life, brotha)
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To: SandRat

Another doggie ping. Joe doesn’t seem to be answering this evening.


37 posted on 01/10/2012 8:04:35 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; apackof2; Shannon; SandRat; ...
center>WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReepmail joe 6-pack.
38 posted on 01/10/2012 8:10:03 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ping?
Not a kitty story, but I still think it is ping worthy for ANY animal lover—read the story and comments and watch the video.


39 posted on 01/10/2012 8:12:12 PM PST by mom4kittys (See you in another life, brotha)
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To: CSI007

Look up the Carrolton Bus Crash sometime. It is the worst drunk-driving accident in US history and the guy responsible served less than twelve years. Twenty-seven were killed and thirty-four were injured, mostly teenagers (including the older sister of a classmate and friend).


40 posted on 01/10/2012 8:16:59 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic; boatbums

FL ping, bb.


41 posted on 01/10/2012 8:32:24 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Mase
One idiot commissioner said she's going to make sure the speed limit gets lowered from 40 mph to 35 mph.

That will do the trick. If they had had that law at the time of the crash, maybe the drunk would have been driving 85 instead of 90. Very sorry about your acquaintance? friend? Dr. Chen.

42 posted on 01/10/2012 8:42:47 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: afraidfortherepublic; mom4kittys
Remember, your picture that you want to post must already be on the Web somewhere with a web address (properties) for this to work. You cannot do this with a photo right out of your camera.

Rehost Image is a Firefox add-on that makes it easy to post pictures not yet on the internet. Just download the photo you want to post from your camera to your desktop. Resize, edit, crop, etc. Then drag it into Firefox and right-click. If Rehost Image is installed, the right-click menu will include an option to upload the image to a free image storage service and copy the URL to the clipboard. Once the URL is on the clipboard, you just post <img src="[paste URL here]">.

By default Rehost Image uploads to ImageShack, but you can configure it to use a different service if you want.

43 posted on 01/10/2012 8:46:31 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: metmom
Thanks. That beach was probably Holmes Beach in Bradenton (right next to Sarasota). Well known for public drinking and a hang out spot for young people. So sad that Barney lost his Mom in such a senseless incident. I would wonder why he had to swim out a 1/2 mile to the kayaker when he was injured. Weren't there other people about that area to help him? It was in the afternoon the report said. Makes me wonder. DUI is just such a terrible and selfish thing to do and no one EVER thinks anything will happen! Now, here is a family with kids who will have to go on with their lives without their Mom.
44 posted on 01/10/2012 8:50:38 PM PST by boatbums (Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us. Titus 3:5)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This is so sad. Poor dog, poor owner.

Though I don’t think the dog was seeking help. He was scared beyond reason.


45 posted on 01/10/2012 8:54:25 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Engedi
I am trying to figure out how this was video taped if it was a random dog swimming to him that had been in an accident. Good story, just curious, who video’s themself when Kayaking...

Why not? Video cameras have become really small, cheap, and ubiquitous, as has video storage. In one of the articles, O'Connor is quoted as saying he wanted a record in case he lands a big fish. Makes perfect sense. Video every trip and save it if something interesting happens.

46 posted on 01/10/2012 9:03:36 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: boatbums

My daughter didn’t think it looked like Siesta Key, too rocky.

Maybe he was south of Point of Rocks.


47 posted on 01/10/2012 9:08:17 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: mom4kittys; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
That poor baby!

The drunk driver should be shot.


48 posted on 01/10/2012 9:51:49 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; mom4kittys
It's absolutely mind-boggling how this tragedy is being handled by the police. Apparently, the police can do nothing to arrest someone when they are obviously drunk unless the police personally witness disorderly behavior. Talman and his POS buddies started behaving when the police finally showed up.

The cops said they did all they could legally do and that the two who didn't get arrested were walking toward the beach when they left. Here's what the local paper is reporting:

Dear lord. They were going to the beach to "sober up" carrying a bottle of whiskey and then they were going to bond their friend out? How long does it take to "sober up" when your blood alcohol level is where it was with these two and you have a bottle of whiskey under your arm? How were they going to bond their friend out if they weren't going to get into a car? So many chances to stop the tragedy.....

At first I was sad but now I'm angry. Given the attitude towards this by the Sheriff's office and the County Commissioners, history will be allowed to repeat itself.

The dog was found 1/2 mile out in the gulf. They think he entered the water just north of Point of Rocks, but they don't know for sure. The fact that he was bleeding, and that far out, makes him one lucky pup that some bull shark didn't come along and turn him into lunch.

49 posted on 01/10/2012 9:55:58 PM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Mase

OMG, I never even considered sharks. And the fact that the dog was frightened and agitated made him even more of a target. firmly believe that animals can sense when a person, or another animal, is/are frightened and are vulnerable. Thank you so much for providing all the additional information on this very sad case.


50 posted on 01/11/2012 3:40:45 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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