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Troopers: Drunken driver crashed vehicle, resisted arrest

Posted February 6, 2009

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— State troopers used a stun gun on a man early Friday after he crashed his SUV, got his arm pinned under the vehicle and resisted arrest. The man had been drinking, they said.

Troopers charged Ryan Travis Blankenship, 21, of 1027 Jones Wynd in Wake Forest, with DWI, careless and reckless driving, and resisting a law enforcement officer.

Blankenship was driving south on Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh around 2 a.m. when he lost control while going around a curve and flipped his vehicle at least twice, troopers said.

The vehicle skidded on its roof, and Blankenship’s arm became pinned under the vehicle.

Emergency crews were able to free to him, and then he resisted arrest, troopers said. Troopers then used the electronic device on him and took him to the Wake County jail.

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  • CSMs Alter Ego Feb 6, 2009

    "You go right ahead. I will be looking out for the likes of DWI like you on the highways and roads. When you are arrested, what will you be saying then?"

    If you seriously think that serving liquor is going to substantially increase DWIs then I have some oceanfront property in South Dakota to sell you.

    "I will be voting NO and you should too, if you are a faithful christian."

    Wow

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 6, 2009

    As a Chatham resident, I will be voting YES for LBTD.

    I will be voting NO and you should too, if you are a faithful christian.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 6, 2009

    As a Chatham resident, I will be voting YES for LBTD.
    VTHokie04

    You go right ahead. I will be looking out for the likes of DWI like you on the highways and roads. When you are arrested, what will you be saying then?

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 6, 2009

    Oh boy, here we go again. Yeah, because drinking liquor at establishments is the ONLY way to get drunk............. Amazing.
    DrplusDataclerkequaloxymoron

    Not necessarily. But it make it convenient for them, too. :)

  • CSMs Alter Ego Feb 6, 2009

    "And Chatham County wants liquor by the drink. This is what happens people. Vote againt it." Dr Dataclerk

    Oh boy, here we go again. Yeah, because drinking liquor at establishments is the ONLY way to get drunk............. Amazing.

  • workingforthosethatwont Feb 6, 2009

    What a guy, arm pinned UNDER the vehicle and still put up a fight when he got loose. Obviously it wasn't injured. But look, the tazer is designed to prevent injuries. No one ever said the police has to take the first punch or bullet etc....a person can be tazed when they are out of control and on the threshold of an attack. This way, neither the police nor the suspect are injured in a knock down drag out fight. Police getting hurt on the job is certainly a risk but not a requirement.

  • VTHokie04 Feb 6, 2009

    So Dr. Dataclerk, you know, they still serve wine and beer at restaurants in Chatham Co. You can get drunk off those beverages, too. And where in this article does it say that this kid was coming from a restaurant/bar/club? Your argument against LBTD is very weak. As a Chatham resident, I will be voting YES for LBTD.

  • cary Feb 6, 2009

    Voting no to liquor by the drink in Chatham won't keep people from driving drunk. They will just go to orange county and drive even further home. Or they will buy a bottle at the liquor store which is cheaper than by the drink in a bar, party at friend's houses, and drive home drunker than they would have gotten in a bar because drinks were higher. No matter how they get the alcohol, there will always be idiots like this endangering the lives of others by driving drunk. They need to enforce the penalties better. I know a girl who just recently lost her license from DUI, second offense,(totalled her car the first time) whose lawyer got it completely dismissed and got her license back. If you can afford to pay, then there is no deterrant to DUI. A little jail time wouldn't hurt, especially second offenders.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 6, 2009

    And Chatham County wants liquor by the drink. This is what happens people. Vote againt it. If these people indulge in alcohol drinks, they are going to be out on the highway driving. The police officers are not always around when the drinkers are out driving under the influence of alcohol. May this 21 year old man learn a lesson from this.

  • thefensk Feb 6, 2009

    "DUDE!!! What were you thinking???"

    Not!

    And this is no kid, as some have called him. He's a young man, but no kid. It is absolutely idiotic to compound a world of troubles with the DWI and reckless driving charges with a resisting arrest charge as well. Hoo boy, you in a messa trouble.

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