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Man Banned From Getting Drunk For Seven Years

samzenpus posted about 5 years ago | from the know-when-to-say-when dept.

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An English court has ruled that David Peers is not allowed to be drunk anywhere in England or Wales until 2016. Peers has been charged 11 times for his drunken anti-social behavior, and has been arrested for fighting, verbally abusing town residents, and occasionally urinating on shop windows. Doug Stott, of Surrey Police, said, "David Peers has a history of drinking and disorderly behaviour. Despite extensive intervention by Surrey Police and our partner agencies, Peers has not shown a positive change in his behaviour and has continued to verbally abuse and be aggressive towards local businesses and residents."

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Drunk meaning...? (1)

RemusX2 (726167) | about 5 years ago | (#28625643)

At what point is a person drunk? Legally drunk and actually being drunk are two different things in my opinion. Here in Montana, and most of the US I believe, legally intoxicated is when your BAC is at .08. While I myself would not consider myself drunk at .08, the law would. I think being drunk depends on tolerance and such. How is the court determining this?

Re:Drunk meaning...? (1)

ExRex (47177) | about 5 years ago | (#28626951)

Judging from this guy's history, I suspect he'll give himself away. Of course, if he starts to verbally abuse people and piss on shop windows when he's sober he may be able to confuse the issue. Hmm, maybe he'll have more fun pissing about when sober than he did when drunk. He might stop drinking entirely. Though, it does help to refill the reservoir.

Re:Drunk meaning...? (1)

MarkvW (1037596) | about 5 years ago | (#28629055)

.08 doesn't mean you're drunk. It means you can't drive a car. A hard-core alcoholic probably wouldn't be "drunk" at .08, for example.

When you don't have a blood/breath alcohol level, the test isn't even "drunk." The test is usually "impaired." There's a BIG difference between the two.

Re:Drunk meaning...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28632275)

I think it's pretty safe to say you're drunk if you're pissing on shop windows, and getting into constant drunken fights and arguments. Basically I doubt they're going to be like "Oh, no, you're at .09, you're drunk!!", it'll just be obvious when he's out peeing on stuff again.

Tonight I'm Gonna Party Like It's 2016 (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about 5 years ago | (#28630177)

I would love to hang out with this guy when 2016 rolls around...

Re:Tonight I'm Gonna Party Like It's 2016 (1)

DeadDecoy (877617) | about 5 years ago | (#28631383)

Why? From the story it sounds like he's a mean drunk. He'd probably cuss you out, take a swing, and then piss on your leg. Out of all the people I'd want to have a drink with, he'd probably be last.

Re:Tonight I'm Gonna Party Like It's 2016 (1)

RockDoctor (15477) | about 5 years ago | (#28633693)

He'd probably cuss you out, take a swing, and then piss on your leg.

Simultaneously.

And he'd be trying to tap you for a tenner too. Simultaneously.

Sounds like an arsehole to me.

Will he get trial by a jury of his Peers? (1)

a11acce55 (1398319) | about 5 years ago | (#28632759)

(Yes, that SL was bad, groan...)

I don't know about the UK, but in the USA - if I understand the law correctly - technically it is not illegal to be drunk. Only D&D or DUI/DWI. Or passed out (aka sleeping) in public where you shouldn't be. So, if you can restrain yourself from climbing the bus stop lamppost, can prove you gave your car keys to your neighbor's (neighbour's) pet marmoset, and don't make anybody call the EPA because your breath is making people within a two mile radius pass out, you're golden as Fort Knox.

Re:Will he get trial by a jury of his Peers? (1)

petermgreen (876956) | about 5 years ago | (#28636907)

here in britan we have this thing known of as an ASBO, I dunno if you have anything similar in the US. Basically an asbo bans someone who is known to engage in "anti-social behaviour" from doing the things that lead them to that "anti-social behaviour". Asbos are issued by magistrates courts (sheriffs courts in scotland).

This person has shown that when drunk he is very disorderly so has been given an ASBO banning him from getting drunk.

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