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  • Jul 22, 2013
Racing, by its very nature, is a dangerous activity. It requires a high degree of concentration and focus on what the car is doing, what the track is like, and 1.2 million other tiny, constantly changing variables. And while a little liquid courage might help you win with the ladies the night before, it most certainly won't aid you on the track. In fact, it's probably the stupidest decision we've ever heard of anyone making.
Which would make a 64-year-old San Jose resident, named Leslie Charles Hunter, one of the stupidest people we've ever heard of. Hunter was arrested on Saturday after a race at Watsonville Ocean Speedway. The charges? Suspicion of driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content level higher than 0.08 percent, according to the Santa Cruze Sentinel.

The police were called after other racers were forced off the track by Hunter's aggressive and reckless driving during a race. Thankfully, no one was injured by this nitwit. Watsonville Ocean Speedway is a quarter-mile dirt oval. The results of Saturday's race haven't been posted yet, but we looked through Watsonville's results archive and it appears that Hunter was a regular, running as Charlie Hunter (because who wouldn't drop the name Leslie?) and routinely finishing in the bottom half of his class.


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      RCinAZ
      • 1 Year Ago
      "If you ain't first, you're last!"
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't mean to excuse his behavior but is it illegal to drive under the influence while on private property? Of course it's still illegal to endanger other people, but I'm curious how driving laws are applied on private grounds.
        FutureDoc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        23152. (a) It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle. It does not distinguish between "public" or "private" roads. It just says "to drive a vehicle" so I am betting it does not matter if it was on private property or not.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FutureDoc
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          Rich
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FutureDoc
          He wasn't driving, he was er'racin!
          sntmods
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FutureDoc
          You are correct, it is illegal to operate a vehicle PERIOD while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, that's anywhere in CA, public or private roads/land. If you think I'm wrong I suggest you be the next person to find out! =) This guy will find that he has no case trying to fight this in court. Source: CA Law Enforcement experience. =)
      Sanchez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will the Mythbusters be arrested, given there's video evidence of same?
      KC Kelly Christopher
      Ehem....its called Santa Cruz...
      Hal20xx
      • 1 Year Ago
      "And while a little liquid courage might help you win with the ladies the night before, it most certainly won't aid you on the track." I've actually heard the opposite. Studies have shown quicker lap times because fear isn't as prevalent, allowing drivers to take more risks. Not that I condone that behavior.
        Fonin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hal20xx
        see you gotta understand that your perspective is F'd and let your instincts take over. Good Nyborg.
      carboy55
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is interesting that the author passes on the claim that the car will be offered at a \\\"lower price\\\" than the competition, when that price hasn\\\'t yet been announced. Talk about posting press releases as news...
      m3laszlo
      • 1 Year Ago
      WRONG WRONG WRONG Racetrack is not a public highway. Proper procedure has always been black flag the driver then ban him from the racing facility for the rest of the season. The next DEVOLUTION is to arrest a racer noone else likes anyway for (you're expecting me to say speeding or reckless driving)... California emissions violations. That whole department should lose their State LEO credentials for this. Public Police can't last much longer after this one. Seriously; there's not a single function that can't be contracted out to customer service oriented Privatized Police for a lot cheaper. Why didn't the officer just execute him with the "feared for his life" human-hunting-license that is now the accepted norm in USA? www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAjwOAX20eY www.youtube.com/watch?v=159PM7ZKcv0 Hey, he had plenty of corroborating witnesses in fear for their safety. Brandon Turkus you say the driver (not the police officer) is one of the stupidest people "we've ever heard of"? Why are you siding with the Police? You fear Police that much? We never heard of police behavior like this even from Martial Law Communist China. **PS you are way harsh calling the driver a "nitwit"
        sntmods
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m3laszlo
        You, sir, are in the wrong here. Ignorance of the CA vehicle code will get you nowhere... 23152. (a) It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle. Please notice how it doesn't list anything to do with "road", just mentions "to drive".
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      Private property, private road/track... court time.
      jtmashburn51
      • 1 Year Ago
      Umm, ever heard the story of Duncan Hamilton?
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      oRenj9
      • 1 Year Ago
      FUUUUUCK RETTIIIIIRRREEEEMMMMMEEENNNTTT!!!!
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