For the most part, last week’s polar vortex brought out the best
in people. A number of reports of good Samaritans helping people whose
cars were disabled or were stuck in snowbanks surfaced throughout our
frozen nation. At the same time, however, there are stories of pure stupidity
and selfishness that have to seen to be believed.
The story of a swimming pool company worker emptying a pool onto a nearby
street fits this description. While working on a pool in freezing temperatures,
the drainage quickly froze on the road and created an ice slick of epic
proportions. The icy road led to a number of collisions, as unsuspecting
drivers slid helplessly into each other. Further, first responders had
considerable difficulties responding to calls of distress. One person
was taken to the hospital to treat minor
The pool worker now faces criminal charges. He was reportedly arrested,
taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment.
It remains to be seen what the man will plea (guilty or not guilty), but
it exemplifies the need for an accused to have an experienced criminal
defense attorney available to defend against criminal charges.
A skilled defense attorney can analyze all the relevant facts in the case
and bring about appropriate defenses. More importantly, a lawyer can help
in advocating for a proper sentencing package in order to keep the accused
out of jail. This can be especially important for non-violent, first time
offenders who have employers and families that depend on them.
Source: TheRepublic.com, “Conn. worker charged with causing car crashes after
draining pool onto road in freezing temps,” January 10, 2014