The easiest way to avoid the repercussions of a DWI is simply not to drink and drive. A great way to do that is by calling up an Uber or Lyft when in need, but oh wait, upstate New York doesn’t allow ridesharing businesses to operate. Which means idiots like 43-year-old bank executive Joseph Talbot get behind the wheel and do dumb stuff.
Luckily there were no tragedies, but he was pulled over for reckless driving and Talbot failed multiple field sobriety tests, and off he went to jail.
We’ve seen a fair share of notable DWI recipients. From the dude who got a DUI on a horse, to the guy who sang the entire ballad of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the back of a patrol car en route to the station.
But KeyBank executive Talbot is a whole new level of notable, all due to his extreme effort to be anything but.
Joseph was causing chaos at the police station in order to avoid ending up in the press, he refused to be photographed or fingerprinted. He subsequently was slammed with a second-degree charge of obstructing governmental administration. He was then brought to the Wayne County Jail, where he was booked and photographed anyway.
As Talbot feared, The Times of Wayne County published his booking photo Saturday, to which he reacted by purchasing every copy of the paper he could lay his hands on, apparently in an attempt to keep the news of his arrest quiet.
This dude went to Syracuse and isn’t even that old yet somehow must not know about the power and breadth of the internet, where his story was also posted. He scrambled around the circulation area of the Times of Wayne County purchasing nearly 1,000 copies of the newspaper. At $1.25/copy, this dude blew well over a grand hiding his name from one portion of the issue, literally only to become headlines of articles coast to coast.
Moral of the story: Bring Uber to upstate…please?