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Posted by on Nov 25, 2008 in Bicycle Culture | 3 comments

Convictions

Let’s have a warm welcome for two new residents of State prison facilities. They are in prison because of their crazy driving.

Inmate Number x50493

Inmate Number x50493

Everything I mention here is a matter of public record, so Keri doesn’t have to worry about being sued and I can drop using the word “alleged.”

Case 1: On October 11, 2007, a known and previously convicted crackhead drove up on the sidewalk and killed a man who was walking with his wife. Sara Jane Bragg, age 24, was a resident of a half-way house when she did it, as well as being on “Community Control” and here is a partial list of her “problems” with the law prior to this crash:

11/9/2000 Driving on a Suspended License
8/23/01 – Speeding and Failure to Wear Seat belt
9/25/01 – Driving with Unsafe equipment
11/5/01 – Operating a Vehicle without a Valid License
3/20/02- Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device
10/30/02- Driving on a Suspended License.
1/26/04- Driving on a Suspended License
9/9/04- Petit theft /3 Counts Felony Charges
12/22/04- Petit Theft – Felony Charges
Arrested 10/25/05 Resisting Officer W/O Violence
4/25/06 – Failure to Use Designated Lane
6/6/06 – Cutting Across to Avoid (Traffic.Civil)
7/13/06- Controlled Substance Offense (Felony Charges)
3/9/07 – Possession of a Controlled Substance (Felony Charges) and Providing False ID to LEO.
5/23/07 – Driving while License Suspended or Revoked
6/30/07- Driving While License Suspended.

This is just her record in Orange County, neighboring counties know her too, but to list them all would  belabor the point.

So drugged was Ms. Bragg at 8 a.m., that she reported that she didn’t know that she had driven over a curb, nor did she know that she had struck and killed someone, so she had driven away and had to be told what she did by an alert witness, who had chased her and talked an off-duty neighboring city policeman into detaining her. The front-end damage convinced the policeman that something serious had happened, but it didn’t convince Ms. Bragg who tried to drive off again.

I am pleased to report Ms. Bragg will not be driving for a long time. A judge finally realized, after she killed someone, that she was a danger to society and sentenced her to 15 years in Lowell prison for DUI Manslaughter. Prior to her killing someone, her longest sentence was a year, of which she had served less than 6 months. Why judges don’t think that known drug addicts won’t drive after “being told not to” and lifting their license escapes me.

Case 2: Thomas Duane Granados was driving along one morning in October, 2007 when a marked OPD patrol

Inmate Number x28365

Inmate Number x28365

car turned on it’s flashing lights behind him. So what did Mr. Granados do? Did he pull over to find out what the officer wanted? He did not. He stomped on the accelerator, ran a red light, hit a car which was knocked up on the curb striking one Duwayne  D. Parson, an 8th grader who was walking his bike as he waited for the light to turn.

Fortunately, Duwayne did not die, but he was seriously injured as were the occupants of the car which struck Duwayne.

Mr. Grandos is now a resident of the Gulf Forestry Camp. In theory, he will be there for the next 11 months, for Fleeing a Law Enforcement Officer with Reckless Disregard for Human Life, but there will be time off if he doesn’t do anything else stupid. One would have thought a conviction of a charge like that would have drawn a higher penalty.

Let us hope that Mr. Granados does not kill someone before a judge removes him from society.

Case 3: I am still working on. After 10 months, FHP hasn’t filed charges. It will cost me $27 to find out why.

3 Comments

  1. We ought to be able to impound and crush/sell any vehicle used by someone who is driving on a suspended license. Take away the means of their menace. Prevent rational people from loaning them the use of their vehicle.
    How many times was Ms. Sara Bragg “caught” driving on a suspended license before she killed someone? Obviously the tickets and fines were not a deterrent for her!

  2. I’ve thought the same thing, too! If the car was confiscated (like they do with vehicles used to transport drugs), people might think twice about letting a deadbeat relative borrow the car.

    The problem is that while we claim driving is a privilege, we treat it like an entitlement.

  3. Chipseal wrote: “We ought to be able to impound and crush/sell any vehicle used by someone who is driving on a suspended license.”
    .
    It sounds nice, but such a policy of impounding “any” vehicle used by someone with a suspended license is unreasonable (search and) seizure and violates the US Constitution. We didn’t like it when the British did such things to our colonial ancestors, and it won’t fly today.

    It is not uncommon those with suspended licenses to “borrow” friends’ and relatives’ vehicles without permission, or under false pretenses, so the burden of proof has to be on those claiming that the owner of the car had knowingly loaned it to someone with a suspended license.

    It would be legal to impound vehicles owned by drivers with suspended licenses, or vehicles owned by those that were shown to have knowingly loaned a car to someone with suspended license. As much as we don’t like those that aide and abet crime, we also have to protect the rights of those who didn’t know they were being exploited.

    - Dan -

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