Drugs & Alcohol In The News

Drugs & Alcohol In The News

  In August, 12 men were arrested near Szczecin in northern Poland
as they were digging up a road because they had heard a rumor that
it was built with a large stockpile of police-confiscated hashish.
  The hashish had been sold to a chemical plant to be incinerated 
into ash for road construction.

  Kerry Bingham had been drinking with several friends when one of
them said they knew a person who had bungee jumped from the Middle
of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The conversation grew more heated and
at least 10 men trooped along the walkway of the bridge at 4:30 a.m.
  Upon arrival at the midpoint of the bridge they discovered that 
no one had brought bungee rope. Bingham, who had continued drinking,
volunteered and pointed out that a coil of lineman's cable lay nearby.
One end of the cable was secured around Bingham's leg and the other 
end was tied to the bridge. His fall lasted 40 feet before the cable
tightened and pulled his foot off at the ankle. He miraculously 
survived his fall into the frigid waters of the Tacoma Narrows and 
Puget Sound and was rescued by two nearby fishermen.
  "All I can say," said Bingham, "Is that God was watching out for 
me on that night. There's just no other explanation for it."
  Bingham's severed foot was never located.

  In rural Carbon County, PA, a group of men were drinking beer and 
discharging firearms from the rear deck of a home owned Irving Michaels,
age 27.  The men were firing at a raccoon that was wandering by, but the
beer apparently impaired their aim and, despite of the estimated 35 shots
the group fired, the animal escaped into a 3 foot diameter drainage pipe
some 100 feet away from Mr. Michaels deck.  Determined to terminate the 
animal, Mr. Michaels retrieved a can of gasoline and poured some down 
the pipe, intending to smoke the animal out.  After several unsuccessful
attempts to ignite the fuel, Michaels emptied the entire 5 gallon fuel 
can down the pipe and tried to ignite it again, to no avail.  Not one to
admit defeat by wildlife, the determined Mr. Michaels proceeded to slide
feet-first approximately 15 feet down the sloping pipe to toss the match.
  The subsequent rapidly expanding fireball propelled Mr. Michaels back 
the way he had come, though at a much higher rate of speed.
  He exited the angled pipe "like a Polaris missile leaves a submarine,"
according to witness Joseph McFadden, 31.  
  Mr. Michaels was launched directly over his own home, right over 
the heads of his astonished friends, onto his front lawn.  In all, 
he traveled over 200 feet through the air.
  "There was a Doppler Effect to his scream as he flew over us," 
McFadden reported, "Followed by a loud thud."  Amazingly, he 
suffered only minor injuries.
  "It was actually pretty cool," Michaels said, "Like when they shoot
someone out of a cannon at the circus.  I'd do it again if I was sure
I wouldn't get hurt."

  "A 34 year old Tauranga man, deliberately drove his two year old
mitsubishi mirage car into his neighbour's swimming pool over the
weekend. His car apparently had a leak, that let rain in, somewhere
around the driver's door and he had spent several weekends trying to 
find it.
  He was quoted as saying "I saw my son finding a leak in his bicycle 
tire the other day, by dunking it in a bucket of water to look for 
bubbles - I thought I'd try the same...of course, I'd had a few beers 
when I made that decision".
  When asked if he found the leak he replied "Actually, I think I did,
because I saw a stream of bubbles rising from a well defined spot near
the driver's door, but I couldn't think of a way to mark it without
getting soaked..."


BUFFALO, N.Y. - A blind man who'd had a few drinks talked his brother 
and a friend into helping him drive a car and he went three kilometres
before ramming a telephone pole.
  "They were like the Three Stooges," Lieutenant Robert Whalen said. 
"Here's this blind guy driving the car, another one not doing a very 
good job of guiding the wheel and a guy in the back seat giving 
  None of the three was seriously injured and police say the blind man,
Montgomery Ford, 31, has been charged with being an unlicensed driver.
  He had been drinking Monday with his brother, Kevin, 25, and Donald 
McNair, 30, when he talked them into helping him drive.

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