According to a recent Dakota County Criminal Complaint a West St. Paul man was arrested after seriously injuring a friend who was dragged by the defendant’s car after the friend tried to take the keys away from him following a night of drinking at the West St Paul Commercial Club.
From the complaint:
On arrival, officers observed the victim lying in the middle of the road. The victim appeared semi-conscious and would open and close his eyes but was not speaking. An officer observed that the victim’s boots were scuffed and one of the boots had a hole all the way through the steel toe. The officer also observed that the victim’s jeans were wet, which was consistent with the wet ground due to snow melt. Officers spoke to a male witness who was standing near the victim. The witness stated that he was at the Commercial Club with the victim and other people including the suspect, who he knew as “Jason”. The witness stated that “Jason” drives a red Chevrolet pickup truck with a topper on it and that he lives close by. The witness and his girlfriend observed “Jason” trying to drive home and tried to stop him because he was falling down and unable to stand due to his intoxication level. The witness went back into the bar and tried to get “Jason’s” girlfriend to get his keys away from him. “Jason” started to get really upset and began to push people in an attempt to get inside his truck. “Jason” was able to get into his truck and the victim ran up to “Jason’s” driver’s side window and told him to roll it down.
“Jason” told the victim, “I’m f****** driving home.” The victim reached into the vehicle to try to get the keys out of the ignition and the suspect stomped on the gas and started to drive away at a high rate of speed up an alleyway while the victim was hanging out of the driver side window. “Jason” slammed on the breaks, which caused the victim to fly into the truck. The witness tried to run after “Jason” to help the victim, but “Jason” drove away again with the victim still hanging out of the truck. The witness got into his vehicle with his girlfriend and followed the direction of the suspect’s vehicle. The witness observed the victim laying in the street. The victim was located approximately two blocks away from where the suspect started driving. The witness believes “Jason” knew that the victim was hanging out of his window because “Jason” yelled at the victim, “Don’t make me stop this truck and call my boys!”
The female witness was very emotional and excited, and began to vomit. She reported that Schultz was falling over and stumbling and was in no condition to drive. She also reported that before Schultz drove away with the victim, she attempted to stop Schultz from entering his truck by standing in front of the driver’s side door. Schultz came at her like he was going to hit her and told her that he was going to hit her. Schultz gained entrance to his truck through the passenger side door, which is when the male witness and the victim intervened.
Officers spoke to Schultz’s girlfriend, who was present inside the vehicle during the incident. She reported that she went to the Commercial Club with Schultz at approximately 11:30 p.m., and that Schultz had at least one beer prior to that. She reported that she has seen Schultz drink regularly and has seen him “drunk” before. She stated that when Schultz is “drunk” he gets really angry and doesn’t listen to anyone. She stated that on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being equal to a couple of drinks and 10 being the most drunk she has ever seen Schultz, he was about an “8” during the incident.
… the victim sustained a traumatic brain injury with bleeding on the brain, a nasal fracture, a head laceration and multiple lacerations and contusions from “road rash”.
The questions for this one are numerous:
- 1. Why do we frequently have reports of bars and liquor stores being busted for underage sales violations but we’ve never once seen a bartender charged for allowing a patron to walk away from the bar and get into their car when they were so intoxicated they had trouble standing?
2. How drunk does someone have to get to reach a 10 out of 10 on a relative drunkenness scale and be unable to understand they were dragging someone with their vehicle at an 8/10?
3. Do you think the witness who threw up, “was very emotional and excited,” or do you think she was just as intoxicated but the police needed another valid witness and did not want to admit she may have been just as inebriated as the defendant?
Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.