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Your opinion of drunk drivers, and people who defend them

Early last year, our neighbour went out on a Sunday lunchtime, got drunk, came back home, and hit our Alfa GTV twice from different directions, whilst trying to park his car. After confronting him at the time, I called the Police, and they duly tested and charged him (we were lucky because he was so drunk, that he had locked himself out of his house, and was sitting in his vehicle when Mr Plod arrived). We also had witnesses from over the road who saw the incident - so far so good - no, not quite.
This was the third occasion he had hit our car, and he hadn't owned up to the other two (his missus had though, but didn't want to pay us for the damage, because the quote was too high!! - cheeky mare!!).
Anyway, he got banned for a year, and was fined 300 (because the police in their wisdom only charged him with a "stopped, over the limit", and not "drink driving accident".
Following the incident, he has had to walk to the pub, and has got really depressed, and went on a bender while his wife was on holiday for a couple of weeks (they kind of live separate lives). Anyway, he is in hospital now, and may not come home again.
Last night, I found out from a mate, that quite a few people in our village think I am a right nasty barsteward, because I caused all of this (people down at the Working Men's club, where he used to drink), by "grassing" him to the old bill. My mate has tried to tell them what happened, but they don't seem to want to listen.
Should I go down there to give my side of the story, or is it all a bit pointless? I feel that they are idiots, because they must have known he was drink driving on a daily basis, and that an accident was well overdue.
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Friends are friends at the end of the day and will stand up for each other no matter what whether its right or wrong.
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Waste of time going to talk to his friends - they're not going to listen.

I reported a guy today for wobbling all over the road and nearly sideswiping a car that was sitting waiting to come out of a junction. The Audi A3 in front looked like it was taking the junction but didn't, just swerved in and swerved back out again. I though he was on the phone but he wasn't. When I saw the state he was in when he got out his car in the same car park I just walked straight to the police station and reported him - thing is, I think they missed him coz he was getting into his car 15 mins later when I was leaving.
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You have absolutely nothing to feel guilty about.
At the end of the day, if he had carried on doing what he was doing it may not have just been your car that he run into. It could have been a child, or other innocent person.

It is also not as if he hasn't had enough warning, and his missus was unreasonable in the past, so fair cop I say.
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As SymonH says - youre car can be repaired no matter how much it hurts you.

Someones life cant be replaced - he got what was coming to him, in fact he probably got off lightly as it sounds like he is a persisant offender.

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You did the right thing, if he was persistently doing this he could have killed someone.

Waste of time talking to his mates, they wont listen.

Don't feel bad or guilty about it, you didn't force him to drink and drive. If you choose to drink and drive then you have to be prepared to take ALL the consequence when you are caught.
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I agree with SPP, he got off VERY lightly.

You did the right thing, don't doubt it for a minute.
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Thanks chaps, for your support, I think the real reason that people feel sorry for him, is that he has lost his Motability vehicle (a newish silver Zafira with lots of dents). If the police had not been involved, anything could have happened. I was initially a bit disappointed with our local police, because they wouldn't let us know if he had been banned or not - data protection act! I was then given some sound advice, relating to the "Victims and witnesses act", and when I quoted that, it seemed to open a few doors. That's when I found out that he had been charged incorrectly.
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If his so called mates were that worried they could have given him a lift back from the working mens club those times rather than letting him drink drive.

You are entirely in the right and should not feel any remorse... but as others have said... you won't necessarily convice his mates of that, but if they think it is ok to routinely drink and drive their good opinion should not be that important to you.
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He only has himself to blame for what has happened. There should be a zero tolerance for drink driving, stopped or not

You did exactly what I would have done. No question.
 
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If his mates drink and drive report them as well.
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You did entirely the right thing Andy. If anyone thinks you were harsh, they're not worth bothering about, they're idiots.

If anyone confronts you over it though, give them a broadside - something along the lines of 'well if he'd run your wife, daughter, mother, son, whatever over, you'd be wishing someone had reported him sooner, wouldn't you, you muppet!'
 
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You've nothing to feel guilty about, i would have done exactly the same, to protect anyone else this idiot could have harmed, he is entirley responsible for the consequences of his actions, something people like to avoid these days... Nobody made him drink & drive......Can't do the time....don't do the crime
 
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I may be wrong, but I think there may be a "culture" of drink driving at our local working man's club. The mindset of the "morons" who condone it , goes a little like this "well, we live in a village, so what harm can it do?"
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If only life were that simple that he would only kill those who condoned his stupid actions. Sadly, someone innocent always seems to get it.
 
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Sounds like he has plenty of problems and that you were merely the catalyst which led to his current situation. If it hadn't been that it would most likely have been something else.

100% his own fault and you have nothing to feel guilty about.

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Yes, I agree with many of the points here, sad that it had to be me who put a stop to his actions, when many more, including his family were aware of the problem.
It is still a worry, that his family (who we used to socialise with), have closed ranks (probably understandable), and they are next door neighbours. At least I still have a couple of "allies" who are trying to put people straight.
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If you think that drink driving is rife at the local workmens club - sorry but a tip off to the local plod who can park outside on a fri & sat for a few weeks may stop this.

I wouldnt hesitate as these idiots will eventually kill someone.

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Don't think you've done anything wrong - I can only echo the sentiments of others - I would have done the same. I just can't understand why people do this.
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I was head of security at a country club/holiday park a few years ago and i very soon realised that there were about 20-30 regulars who almost always drove home drunk. I called the father in law and a stop/check post was stationed outside the exit....they got about 15 of them that night. Sure they knew it was me but no-one tried anything on..........and to be honest I'm glad i did it.......So in short, good on you mate, the fewer drunk drivers out there the better
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You've probably saved someone's life there - even if it is only his.

You did the right thing, no question - if they can't see it, then they probably aren't the sort of people you want in your life anyway.
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SPPalfa, and the others. following the first incident, when he didn't admit it or pay up, I phoned Kent police, and they said, that they couldn't just wait outside the pub every day, where I said he was drinking - they are culpable in these events.
Why is it then, that they can set up drink drive checkpoints at Christmas then?
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