• Jan 4, 2009
As GM has reminded us in numerous ad campaigns, OnStar can summon help if you get into trouble while at the wheel of a car or truck equipped with the service. One Paul W. Sinker III of Stroudsbourg, PA probably wishes he'd been driving something without the factory-installed blue button after his OnStar setup worked exactly as advertised early New Year's Day. According to the The Morning Call newspaper, the 22-year-old driver had gotten his car stuck in the mud. OnStar summoned the police (it's not made clear whether this was initiated by the driver or the system acted proactively in Omniscient Being mode), and officers arrived on-scene at around 1 A.M. From there, Mr. Sinker's kickoff to 2009 made like the Andrea Doria. The police smelled booze on his breath, a field sobriety test ended with an arrest, and the whole affair subsequently hit the AP wire. Listen, we shed zero tears for drunk drivers given the opportunity to model the latest Smith & Wesson jewelery, but this particular tale also serves as a reminder that your car's techno features can indeed come back to bite you - or in this particular case, get you pinched.

[Source: The Morning Call]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn. Too bad General Motors never does anything "innovative".
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Onstar is a great service."

        As I attempted to demonstrate through sarcasm, I agree. I believe my low ranking indicates either one of two things:

        1) People don't agree with us.

        2) People don't understand sarcasm without tags. (shameful)
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's just because it can be hard to interpret tone of voice over text.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Japanese/Korean automakers HAVE NOTHING on Cadillac and most of their regular cars aren't as good as Chevy.

        This "anti American car sentiment" is ridiculous.

        Onstar is a great service.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1!

        Typical Human:
        "Let's not focus on the great things OnStar has to offer, and only harp on the bad things- like the fact that it's in an American car. And that's why OnStar and GM suck."

        wtf
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm well aware of that but coming from me that comment shouldn't need tags.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Two of my grandparents were killed by a drunk driver long before I was born.

      I have no sympathy for drunk drivers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If he was drunk enough to drive into the muck and request assistance via OnStar, he was likely drunk enough to wander into the other lane and smash head-on into an innocent mother and kids coming the other way.

      If you've ever been "tagged" by a DUI driver like I have, you will have very little compassion for ANYONE who does not have the sense to care for themselves or others on the road after a shot of the "good stuff". Hopefully this will be a learning experience for him before something much worse happens.

      Oh and @xmarking this spot. Had a nip of the "good stuff" yourself ehh?
        • 6 Years Ago
        yep, I have no pity for drunk driving, its interesting how there's a legal limit, everyone knows why they have that "limit" they want people to test the waters so cops can pull them over and make bread, and so the lawyers can make some bread too. it should be zero tolerance and a mandatory month in prison. theres other countries where its like that and guess what nobody drinks and drives!!
      Lynn61
      • 6 Years Ago
      WAY TO GO ONSTAR!! Drinking and driving is a selfish decision. My ex, drank too many and hit two cars going the wrong way, and extremely fast. The first car he hit, he put a high school girl in the hospital for a few days. The next car he hit head on, killing the best friend of the first car he hit, and killing himself. I think of this young womans family almost daily. The drunk drivers cause a lot of pain for many people. It has forever changed my life because I hurt for the family of this woman. I've only known of this girl and her family since her death. They have no clue as to who I am, or that I have placed flowers on their daughters/sisters grave.
      She had her entire life ahead of her, and he took it away by a selfish decision. He also left me to raise his children alone. Children who were so young that they don't remember much about their father. Children who haven't a clue as to what it's like to have a father figure in their home because Mom hasn't ever been able to move forward. Drinking and driving is no laughing matter!
      • 6 Years Ago
      given the carnage and sorrow caused by drunk drivers, I, for one, cannot wait for a requirement than anyone caught DUI have a breath activated ignition installed in their car. Let's use technology to save lives and force upon irresponsible human beings what they don't have the brains, common sense or compassion to do for themselves.

      Last night on 60 minutes there was a story about a 44 year old woman driving without her license after three convictions for DUI. She mowed down a priest walking on a sidewalk.

      And, stop with the "taking away my rights BS." What about my right to get on the road and not be randomly executed by a drunk driver?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I believe I need to follow and see how bad this kid is going to get treated, actually how disrespected did he get treated. Did he say officers good to see you, darn this thing works good, Happy new year; and then all of a sudden buddy you sound like you been drinking, hhh, hhh, yeah you smell like it too. Put your hands on the car.
      Or... Hey pal, how you doing, everything okay except your car in the mud. Nice start for the New Year. You been drinking a little or you been drinking a lot. Yeah I had my few, but I'm good to go. I just had to go...real bad, but shouldn't of pulled over, I could of held it in, I only had another mile before I got home. Yeah you made that wrong move... go sit down.
      Hmmm, its 1:00, I'm going home and he wants to break my balls because they're working and, well I have no idea. I hope he just goes with the flow, it's New Years.
      Well pal, you seem pretty good, but you better get someone to get your car any way because your coming with me and that's about that.
      Officers, I can run home I'm so close, except I just ate a Big Mac and fries, I have to work tomorrow too believe it or not.
      Maybe we'll talk about it at the station

      I gots to know... what went down with a couple of cops, not even police officers and a boy. I know one thing, they could care less about him...and just about anyone else and they forget who pays their bills.

        • 6 Years Ago
        What???
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't know. I really, truly don't know.

        Look dude, I hope you get better soon...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Stuck in the Mud? GM product? Could he have been driving a Hummer at the time?
        • 6 Years Ago
        If he was driving a Hummer he would have been busted with more than a DUI.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For everybody wondering about the Andrea Doria reference (like me):

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Andrea_Doria

      TL;DR: It's basically the Italian Titanic; it failed almost as spectacularly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whatever! This is such a crock! He called to get a tow and the company couldn't send a truck and sent the police instead because it was New Year's eve. The Morning Call is such a load of you know what. I hate reading all the lies this paper, remember the whole Lehigh Valley College saga? All lies there too. They picked out one kid who got expelled and was sueing the college to get all their "information" from and because of all the bad press for over a YEAR the school's reputation suffered big time and enrollment rates dropped 75%! Now the school is forced to shut down! The morning call causes nothing but turmoil. Someone needs to sue THEM! I guess the Morning Call didn't follow up but Paul Sinker was taken to the hospital immediately for a blood alcohol test and guess what? he PASSED! He was the designated driver for crying out loud! He had passengers in the car!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Owned.

      'Nuff said.
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