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Drunk Woman Hands Over Car Keys to Boyfriend & Faces 30 Years in Prison for It!
thestir ^ | 2-2010

Posted on 02/27/2012 7:35:38 PM PST by doug from upland

She probably thought she was doing the right thing. When 21-year-old Erin Brown was too wasted to drive her Toyota Scion home after a night out on the town, she gave the keys to her boyfriend, Trevor Bradshaw. Which would’ve been a responsible decision, except he was drunk too — and ended up hitting and killing two pedestrians as he swerved through the streets of Nashville. That’s tragic in and of itself.

But prosecutors are now dusting off a rarely used law to charge Brown with vehicular homicide right along with her man, citing that anyone who knowingly hands over their keys to an intoxicated person is just as liable for any damages as the individual behind the wheel. Now she’s facing 30 years in jail because she wasn’t astute enough in her drunkenness to realize that her boo was too tipsy to drive.

So what we’re basically saying here is that it was up to Brown to discern how far gone Bradshaw was rather than it being up to him to admit that he was too stewed to play chauffeur. Under that line of thinking, it must be a mugging victim’s fault for wearing a super snazzy handbag and tempting a renegade thief to steal it.

The sad fallout from their bad decision-making means two young men are now dead: Michael Brooksher, 22, and Tommy Allen, 23. The best friends both suffered injuries that killed them shortly after they were plowed down at 2:30 in the morning back in December. If the D.A.’s office has its way, this incident will also claim the lives of two more young people, with Brown and Bradshaw serving three decades behind bars, which puts them darn near in their golden years by the time they get out if they serve full sentences.

I’m not saying break out the violins and sad movie music for either of them, especially him. How many high school health classes and bad after school specials does someone have sit through before they get the message that driving drunk, bad; calling taxi, good? But I do think that, barring any idiotic new developments that confirm she was well aware of how inebriated her man actually was, prosecutors are trying — unnecessarily — to make an example out of her.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: driving; drunk

1 posted on 02/27/2012 7:35:48 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland

She will get off.When the prosecution start using old laws it proves they are out of gas. In this case, no crime by the woman was committed


2 posted on 02/27/2012 7:40:23 PM PST by U-238
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Now that’s a bunch of crap.


3 posted on 02/27/2012 7:41:26 PM PST by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: doug from upland

She aided and abetted. They can both go to jail forever as far as I’m concerned.
I wouldn’t want to have to explain leniency for either of them to the families of the dead pedestrians.


4 posted on 02/27/2012 7:41:59 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: doug from upland

Drinking is bad news all around.

As if a drunk person knows anything that is going on. By definition they are clueless. She probably DIDN’T realize how drunk her BF was.


5 posted on 02/27/2012 7:43:14 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: doug from upland

Too drunk to drive but sober enough to distinguish that the boyfriend was also too drunk to drive. That is definitely a distinction hard to prove in a court of law.

I always find the phrase “behind bars” a bad choice of words when describing DUI sentences. If they hadn’t been in front of bars, they wouldn’t have been in that predicament.


6 posted on 02/27/2012 7:44:03 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: doug from upland

Just another example that proves the the average DA has
no concern whatsoever with justice....just with his box
score and the bragging rights he can crow about to the
public at election time.


7 posted on 02/27/2012 7:44:41 PM PST by nvscanman
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To: doug from upland

In The Jailhouse Now
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL7ZjFp1Z5s


8 posted on 02/27/2012 7:45:38 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: doug from upland
don't they have to prove she KNEW he was too drunk to drive???
9 posted on 02/27/2012 7:45:38 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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I knew a guy that received a ticket for jaywalking by the LAPD and had to go to court. The judge laughed and threw it out.
10 posted on 02/27/2012 7:46:06 PM PST by U-238
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To: doug from upland

Doug, Here’s your chance for a rally great song sung to the Willie Nelson tune. Your title will be: “If you got the keys Honey. You’ll do the time!”
They’ll never get through the Cajon to ya!


11 posted on 02/27/2012 7:48:38 PM PST by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2012!)
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To: Chode
don't they have to prove she KNEW he was too drunk to drive???

Sounds like it to me. They even use the word knowingly in describing the law that she's being charged under.

12 posted on 02/27/2012 7:49:31 PM PST by Bob
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To: doug from upland

I agree with the charges. If you’re too stupid not to request a designated driver, then you deserve what you get.

Two young men lost their lives and 30 years in prison won’t bring them back.


13 posted on 02/27/2012 7:49:53 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: doug from upland
who knowingly hands over their keys

How was she to know he was too drunk?

14 posted on 02/27/2012 7:54:50 PM PST by occamrzr06
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To: Lancey Howard

“She aided and abetted. They can both go to jail forever as far as I’m concerned.”

I disagree. Even had she been sober, she wouldn’t have been medically competent to make a judgment as to his ability to drive or the extent of his intoxication. Even the police can’t do that without tests.


15 posted on 02/27/2012 7:57:55 PM PST by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: doug from upland
In a free country, a crime involves intent. When the USSA was a free country, this would be called an “accident”. Or a “tragedy”.

Now, it's a chance for a prosecutor to prove how tough he is and throw more noncriminals into prison.

I feel so safe, comrade!

16 posted on 02/28/2012 7:10:42 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (Sheep and insects need leaders.)
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To: doug from upland

How was that her fault?! He’s the one who should have called a cab...or a non-drunk friend.


17 posted on 02/28/2012 7:13:19 PM PST by madison10
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To: goldstategop
Two young men lost their lives and 30 years in prison won’t bring them back.

Should Laura Bush be in prison?

18 posted on 02/28/2012 7:27:40 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (Sheep and insects need leaders.)
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To: goldstategop
Two young men lost their lives and 30 years in prison won’t bring them back.

Should Laura Bush be in prison?

19 posted on 02/28/2012 7:27:56 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (Sheep and insects need leaders.)
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To: Bob
they'll play hell trying to prove that one...
20 posted on 02/28/2012 7:33:40 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Defense lawyers dream. If she knew she was to drunk to drive, she was incapable of knowing her boyfriend was to drunk to drive.


21 posted on 02/28/2012 7:36:41 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: Forgotten Amendments
Should Laura Bush be in prison?

That was a teenage accident ... nothing more ... no drinking, just inattentive driving. To make the comparison makes you a total low life jerk ... or jerkette.

22 posted on 02/28/2012 7:37:10 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: occamrzr06

She better get a good attorney because the prosecutor is going to know the law and represent the state. She might have 30 years to wish she had gotten a good attorney. The law isn’t dusty. It is printed every time a new copy of compiled laws are sent to the courts.


23 posted on 02/28/2012 7:49:10 PM PST by healy61
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To: BluH2o
That was a teenage accident ... nothing more ... no drinking, just inattentive driving. To make the comparison makes you a total low life jerk ... or jerkette.

People who make mistakes that kill are criminals! Unless it's one of "us". /sarc

You sound like you're an old cop from Chappaquiddick.

24 posted on 02/28/2012 7:49:33 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (Sheep and insects need leaders.)
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To: Forgotten Amendments
>”You sound like you're an old cop from Chappaquiddick”<

Are you serious? I wasn't aware that a drunk 17 year old Laura Bush left the accident scene to hide out while the other girl was still alive and could have been saved had Laura not deserted her and gone for help.

Honestly, comparing apples and oranges doesn't quite cover your reasoning. Maybe comparing Hitler and Mother Teresa is more like it.

25 posted on 02/28/2012 7:56:13 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (New Tagline under construction, please watch your step.)
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To: Forgotten Amendments; goldstategop
Two young men lost their lives and 30 years in prison won’t bring them back.
Should Laura Bush be in prison?


Was she drunk off her ass at the time of that accident?
26 posted on 02/28/2012 7:56:25 PM PST by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what e.coli is to an all-you-can-eat salad bar. NO ROMNEY!!!)
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To: OrangeHoof

If she was behind the wheel that tipsy, she should be in jail. She chose to give the keys away. No crime committed.
He should have called a cab for both of them.


27 posted on 02/28/2012 7:57:34 PM PST by tbw2
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To: doc1019
that's the way i see it too...
28 posted on 02/28/2012 7:57:49 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Kickass Conservative

The person who died in the accident was a boy (Laura’s ex-boyfriend), and his father was in another car just behind him and witnessed the accident. The police report does not say that either driver had been drinking. See the Wikipedia biography for Laura Bush and link in footnote 11.


29 posted on 02/28/2012 8:30:40 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus
The person who died in the accident was a boy (Laura’s ex-boyfriend), and his father was in another car just behind him and witnessed the accident. The police report does not say that either driver had been drinking. See the Wikipedia biography for Laura Bush and link in footnote 11.

Ex-boyfriend? Wow, she planned that perfectly!

30 posted on 02/28/2012 8:39:25 PM PST by buckleyfan (WFB, save us!)
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To: Verginius Rufus
I was responding to another poster comparing Laura's car accident to Ted Kennedy's cowardly behavior when he let a young girl drown after being trapped for twenty minutes in his submerged car.

I didn't imply Laura had been drinking like Ted Kennedy had. The poster was trying to imply that the two situations were similar.

My mistake on the Gender of the teenager killed in the accident. I was relying on my faulty memory of the incident.

Thanks for the information.

31 posted on 02/28/2012 8:48:00 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (New Tagline under construction, please watch your step.)
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To: buckleyfan
Don't assume that everyone reading your post thinks you were just being sarcastic.
32 posted on 02/28/2012 8:51:19 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (New Tagline under construction, please watch your step.)
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To: babygene

You win. A mere individual without proper training and extensive field instruction duly recorded can deem an individual intoxicated. Just ask your Sheriff’s dept.


33 posted on 02/28/2012 8:57:45 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: doug from upland

So sad.


34 posted on 02/28/2012 9:15:27 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: doug from upland

If I’m not mistaken they fled the scene and so therefore they’re deciding to throw the book at ‘em.


35 posted on 02/28/2012 9:17:32 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: Bob; Chode
Sounds like it to me. They even use the word knowingly in describing the law that she's being charged under.

No all that means is the State has to prove she knew she was handing over the keys. [/DA]

36 posted on 02/29/2012 12:16:08 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it.)
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To: Kickass Conservative
After my earlier post I realized that maybe you didn't mean to imply that Laura had been drinking but were just making a contrast with Ted Kennedy. I don't know if anyone else has tried to say that about Laura--given the amount of slander and vitriol directed at members of the Bush family, I wouldn't be surprised.

There seems to be uncertainty about whether Laura and the boy who was killed had actually dated or not, but it seems that he was someone she knew and liked.

My mistake on the footnote number--it should be number 10.

37 posted on 02/29/2012 8:29:01 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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