Drunk scrapped evidence in drunk driving homicide case

Scott A. Weber, 25, of Independence, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City, was sentenced Tuesday to 120 days in jail, substance abuse treatment, and three years probation in the deaths of two pedestrians in a September 2004 drunk driving accident.

Weber, who had a previous conviction for driving while intoxicated, told police he did not remember leaving a friend’s house the night Roxanne M. Bradshaw, 47, and Juan G. Avila, 32, were killed. Before leaving, he had consumed a half-pint of bourbon and taken a muscle relaxer.

Police in suburban Liberty said Weber was “incoherent and confused’ and his vehicle was damaged when they stopped him that night.

Weber pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, drunken driving and leaving the scene of the crash. If he successfully completes probation, the convictions will be wiped from his record. — Associated Press

But there’s more. Prosecutors wanted to throw the book at him, but they agreed to the unusually light sentence because key evidence in the case, his car, was inadvertently sold for scrap.

The car was critical to the case because no witnesses could identify Weber as the driver, prosecutor Teresa Moore said.

The director of the city tow lot at the time of the mistake, Clay Ancell, resigned in January after he was arrested in a city-owned vehicle for allegedly driving while drunk on a suspended license. — Associated Press

That’s right, we have two drunk drivers today! One killed two people, and the other one let him get away with it. Clay Ancell, who was most likely drunk at work when the “mistake’ occurred, is most definitely the Stupid Person of the Day.

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