Monday, March 24, 2014

4 Strikes & You're Out?

Patrick M. Lynn (mugshot courtesy of APD)

UPDATE Tuesday morning:  Mr. Lynn blew a 0.24% BAC, three times the legal limit!

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Yes, you have to wonder how Patrick Lynn, age 31, could be arrested three times for drunk driving, not to mention robbing a bank in Springfield, yet still manage to get behind the wheel of car -- again under the influence of alcohol -- and drive in the wrong lane early Saturday night in the heart of downtown Amherst?



APD performs Field Sobriety Test on Mr. Lynn 8:05 p.m Boltwood Ave/Spring Street in front of Grace Episcopal Church.  He flunked.


15 comments:

Anonymous said...

The late Mike Grabeic used to make a point -- arrested means nothing, it's if you were convicted.

Now if he was actually convicted (or plead to) those three OUIs and a bank job -- WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT!

Anonymous said...

Larry -- did you notice that there was no "operating without a license" charge? He actually has one?

And I'm guessing that he has more on his rap sheet than the OUI's and the Bank Job because (from your linked article):

Lt. Michael Sicard, from the Hampden County Correctional Center, called police and said he recognized Lynn, who was released from prison several weeks ago.

And then there is this, which is just jaw-dropping stupid.

On June 17 Officer Dennis Prior spotted Lynn at the corner of Bridge and Chestnut streets, drinking a can of beer.

You've just robbed a bank, you are wanted by the police, and you stand out on a street corner drinking a beer -- giving any officer probable cause to arrest you for that. WOW...

Anonymous said...

the funny thing about oui arrests...it still means something even if you weren't convicted

Anonymous said...

Larry, I know it's two weeks later and it's all Blarney, but did the APD ever upload the videos of the riot they shot?

Larry Kelley said...

No. (Don't ask)

Anonymous said...

They were probably advised by the court or District Attorney not too as it might affect any court proceedings as far as fair trial claims if they will be used as evidence.

Anonymous said...

This is a load of bs. I've said this many times - in this country we're just not really serious about driving under the influence. When it comes to putting people's lives in danger when behind the wheel it should be one strike and you're out. Other, perhaps more civilized or progressive countries than ours, have that policy. If you're stopped and found to have any alcohol in your system you lose your license. Period. With the option to get that "go to jail" card as well. What could happen if we were to institute that policy? Someone has to take the bus to work or hire a cab? Too damn bad.

Anonymous said...

I agree, and anyone caught using a cell phone while driving should be executed.

Anonymous said...

DUI law in NH? 1.5-2 pages and straightforward. OUI law(s) in MA? 24+ pages and convoluted as hell.

Anonymous said...

12:59 - your glibness falls flat. obviously you've never experienced a personal loss at the hands of a drunk driver. (or, for that matter, at the hands of some idiot using a cell phone.)

Anonymous said...

Other, perhaps more civilized or progressive countries than ours, have that policy. If you're stopped and found to have any alcohol in your system you lose your license. Period.

The same countries have one hell of a much better public transportation network than we do. One doesn't need a car in those countries -- try to live a "middle class" life in Amherst for even a couple weeks without a car -- it isn't easy, I've done it. Not because I lost my license but because I lost my transmission....

And one other thing -- we fought a Revolution because we didn't like the European approach to criminal justice -- you don't want to even think about what the OUI laws would look like if automobiles had been around in 1789....

Anonymous said...

Larry, driving on the wrong side of a narrow street and running a stop sign doesn't inherently constitute operating to endanger. It's probable cause for an officer to stop him, and I'm glad he did, but we wouldn't have "failure to keep to right" and "failure to stop" as offenses if they inherently constituted "operating to endanger."

Now if he almost hit someone, it would be a completely different story, but the officer doesn't mention that. So he is on the wrong side of Spring Street and runs a Stop Sign -- that's illegal and you shouldn't do it -- but it's not like driving down the sidewalk with people jumping for their lives....

Anonymous said...

What a dirtbag.

Anonymous said...

I know Pat Lynn personally. He has been in and out of jail for the last 10+ years for a variety of offenses. He is originally from Amherst. He has no respect for law, order, property, family, or safety. Every time he gets out of jail, he ends up back again within weeks. I feel very sorry for his family. I hope they lock him up for a long time - he is a danger to society.

Anonymous said...

And it appears that he isn't a UMass student....

But are his parents UM employees?