Daniel Dodman's rolling weapon disarmed (note teenagers in close proximity)
Let me count the ways the ways this Bad Boy is an embarrassment to the human species -- that is supposedly differentiated from animals by, umm, sentient intelligence.
And Daniel S. Dodman is 21 -- old enough to die for his country -- so youth is not exactly an excuse.
The telephone pole won
Driving south (away from UMass) on Triangle Street around 6:15 PM Thursday, he sideswipes a WMECO utility pole with two large, potentially explosive transformers on top, and completely loses control of his heavy duty Volvo.
He then crashes into a line of large landscaping boulders bordering Bertucci's Italian Restaurant, which was relatively busy at the time.
Dodman ended up with "a piece of the Rock"
Meanwhile almost a dozen teenagers near the busy DB Mart are within 25 yards of the crash scene and provide eye witness testimony to the police. Dodman abandons his destroyed vehicle, now leaking chemicals, and takes flight heading north.
Dodman's vehicle hit hard enough for both airbags to deploy
Yes, the auto is registered to a Daniel Nicholas Dodman; and yes, that is the very first thing a police officer does when dealing with any sort of "motor vehicle stop."
Dodman did not get very far from accident scene
APD soon catches up with him on Chestnut Court and attempts to place him under arrest. He resists. They arrest him anyway and add "resisting arrest" to the complement of charges headlining with DUI, and leading with "open container of alcohol" in the vehicle.
In order to cut down on drunk drivers, perhaps the Department of Motor Vehicles should institute an intelligence test for license requirements.