How? That is the dominant question on the minds of the Autoblog
staff after reading this astonishing tale out of Rhode Island. How did a man get arrested four times
for driving under the influence in just 30 hours
? How could he afford to have four vehicles impounded? And how could police let it get to the point that he'd have four arrests in such a short period?
53-year-old John Lourenco's alleged DUI spree began when he crashed a Dodge pickup into an SUV, causing minor injuries to the two children in the backseat. While we'd think that last fact would be enough to keep him behind bars until he could go before a judge, according to The Providence Journal,
Lourenco was taken to the hospital – where he had to be restrained after trying to hurl a jar of urine at the staff – before being released to his parents.
Lourenco took a break overnight, probably to drink a bit more, before crashing a Chevrolet sedan at 7:00 AM the next morning. No one was injured this time around although Lourenco registered an impressive blood alcohol content of .220. That's nearly triple the legal limit in Rhode Island. Once again, he was released to his parents.
A mere four hours later, he was pulled over in a Plymouth Barracuda for driving erratically. He was taken to the hospital for yet another BAC test and was released to the staff's custody. With the first three crashes taking place in Cumberland, north of Providence, Lourenco took his talents south for his final act, engaging a dump truck with a tree. Yes, a dump truck. Into a tree.
This final crash led to minor injuries and yet another trip to the hospital. Following this last crash, police apparently took mercy on the sober drivers of Rhode Island and held the 53-year-old for court. Lourenco was arraigned and released last week on a $25,000 surety bond for the first three crashes. He'll be arraigned later this week on the dump truck incident.