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Posted: 8/14/2007 2:40:45 AM EDT


www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=59a1feb5-5328-4e93-b4b5-9493aa69ccb3&k=29224

Nail in the head no excuse for traffic infractions
Man injured in construction accident ticketed for failure to wear a seatbelt

Cindy E. Harnett, Times Colonist
Published: Monday, August 13, 2007

Gavin Docherty got nailed twice when he was hit with a wayward nail to the head and then, to add insult to injury, was stopped for speeding on the way to Saanich Peninsula Hospital.

Docherty, a construction foreman, was accidentally hit by a co-worker's powerful nail gun last week.

A first-aid officer jumped in his vehicle and raced Docherty to the hospital, a couple of kilometres away. But about halfway there, the pair was stopped on Central Saanich Road by a police officer conducting a speed trap.

"We showed him the nail sticking out of my forehead but he didn't care at all," Docherty told A-Channel news yesterday.

The officer stopped the two for driving 92 km/h in a 50 km/h zone and for not wearing a seatbelt. They explained why they were in a rush but the "first-aid emergency" didn't seem to concern the officer.

"He was dead set on getting some tickets," said Docherty.

The police officer followed the two to the hospital and once there issued a seatbelt ticket.

A seatbelt fine in B.C. is $167 but is less costly than a speeding fine that would have amounted to more than $300, according to Central Saanich police Chief Paul Hames.

"I think the officer used his discretion with the two different tickets," Hames said.

The police chief suggested the pair should have called an ambulance, which is permitted in emergencies to drive at speeds higher than the posted limit.

The officer, who is on holidays, was acting according to the law, Hames said.

"My concern is for the safety of the public at large," the chief said. However, he will speak to the officer to gather "more detail from his perspective."

Hames said some will see the police officer's actions as "unreasonable" but he hopes that the majority will understand that excessive speeds on the Central Saanich road were a concern and that the police officer was simply doing his job.

"The public will see a nail in a forehead and [possibly] not see the other side of the story," Hames said.

Docherty was back on the job site the following day and apart from a headache and some dizziness immediately after the accident, is reportedly feeling fine now.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 2:43:41 AM EDT
Did he get the point or was he hard headed?
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 2:45:32 AM EDT

"The public will see a nail in a forehead and [possibly] not see the other side of the story," Hames said.


Yeah, I'm having some trouble seeing the "other side" of the story
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 2:50:19 AM EDT

Docherty was back on the job site the following day and apart from a headache and some dizziness immediately after the accident, is reportedly feeling fine now.


Strange, no mention of the bleeding wound in his ass from the fucking the police gave him....
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:04:26 AM EDT
Good to see they have fine officers north of the border just like the good old USA. Yup, to protect and to serve no matter what. That officer should be promoted for doing such a great job protecting the public.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:16:06 AM EDT
[cop] "Oh , I see what you did there. Oh well , click it or ticket sir , you know the rules. " [cop]


The guy couldn't wait for the local socialized healthcare ambulance to show up? It would only have taken them two months to respond.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:36:05 AM EDT
Well, like most people, he probably needed that ticket like he needed a hole in the head.
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Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:43:15 AM EDT
Unbeliveable.

I am sure the LEO appologist will chime in.

Instead of a ticket how about escorting this guy to the hospital?

I can't blame his buddy for looking out for him. That's what I would of done for my friends.

Max
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:48:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Snowleopard:
Well, like most people, he probably needed that ticket like he needed a hole in the head.


Thank you, that started my morning off just right.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:51:03 AM EDT
Oink
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:53:24 AM EDT
Stay in you lane, civilian.

Link Posted: 8/14/2007 4:19:08 AM EDT
Hey, The cop had a job to do.

He broke the law and therefore needed to be punished for it.

If he would of taken the extra time to buckle up, this would not have happened.

He had a nail in his head, not a screw loose
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 4:22:13 AM EDT
Ouch! Nailed twice in one day!

jb
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 4:23:37 AM EDT

The police chief suggested the pair should have called an ambulance, which is permitted in emergencies to drive at speeds higher than the posted limit.


#1
Ambulances cost money , sometimes they are city owned - what is this a money making thing for the city ?

#2
Sometimes a wait for an ambulance isn't worth the risk to the injured

#3
The officer is an ass.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 4:26:50 AM EDT
What a douchebag.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 4:31:45 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 4:56:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Wave:
It's widely known that you have your regular street cops....and then there is the Highway Patrol.


Aint that the troof.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 4:58:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ProtoJoe:
Ouch! Nailed twice in one day!

jb
yeah no shit
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 5:02:46 AM EDT

Originally Posted By maxell27:
Unbeliveable.

I am sure the LEO appologist will chime in.

Instead of a ticket how about escorting this guy to the hospital?

I can't blame his buddy for looking out for him. That's what I would of done for my friends.

Max


Sounds like that's what he did. He issued the ticket at the hospital.

Link Posted: 8/14/2007 5:04:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/14/2007 5:05:57 AM EDT by DoubleFeed]
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 5:07:49 AM EDT
Well done officer. Well done.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 5:14:46 AM EDT
WTF! Don't people have empathy anymore?
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 5:21:13 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 5:24:50 AM EDT
eh... no big deal... being a cop means you get promoted based on the number of tickets you write, right?
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 5:29:19 AM EDT
not only is there a sucker born every minute but an asshole as well...
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 5:30:55 AM EDT
Just because you have a nail in your head does not exclude you from traffic laws

Wear you seatbelt and you wont have to worry about this next time.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 5:56:48 AM EDT
At least the officer made it home safe that day.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 6:44:36 AM EDT
I smell LAW SUIT.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 6:50:39 AM EDT
Virginia would have fined him $3,000

Link Posted: 8/14/2007 6:52:22 AM EDT
Have to collect those taxes.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 6:57:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/14/2007 6:57:45 AM EDT by John_Wayne777]
If you're in the car with a nail sticking out of your head, I don't know a single cop who would actually ticket you....

All the cops I know would drive in front of you with lights and siren to escort you to the hospital and see that you got to the ER in one piece, or would get you into their car and drive you to the ER themselves.

Speeding laws aren't holy writ....for a good reason they can be broken. A guy with a sharp object tickling his brain is a good reason.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 7:02:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By gunham:
I smell LAW SUIT.


On what grounds?
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 7:03:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By John_Wayne777:
If you're in the car with a nail sticking out of your head, I don't know a single cop who would actually ticket you....

All the cops I know would drive in front of you with lights and siren to escort you to the hospital and see that you got to the ER in one piece, or would get you into their car and drive you to the ER themselves.

Speeding laws aren't holy writ....for a good reason they can be broken. A guy with a sharp object tickling his brain is a good reason.


In that situation, no.

Not worth the liability if they wreck or someone hits you. You will be sued.

Massive injury situation, strong maybe.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 7:05:27 AM EDT
Oh well....no dogs shot, that must count for something. Whew!



Link Posted: 8/14/2007 7:08:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:

Originally Posted By John_Wayne777:
If you're in the car with a nail sticking out of your head, I don't know a single cop who would actually ticket you....

All the cops I know would drive in front of you with lights and siren to escort you to the hospital and see that you got to the ER in one piece, or would get you into their car and drive you to the ER themselves.

Speeding laws aren't holy writ....for a good reason they can be broken. A guy with a sharp object tickling his brain is a good reason.


In that situation, no.

Not worth the liability if they wreck or someone hits you. You will be sued.

Massive injury situation, strong maybe.



a nial in your forehead is not a massive injury?

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