With all the recent incidents of highway insanity, you have to wonder what’s happening on the roads today. Crazy women running police barricades, road rage biker gangs attacking SUV drivers in New York, and now THIS? When did America become a prequel to Mad Max? We could make a pretty good guess, and it involves Ron Paul and his scion group of masturbatory anarchists.
The incident started when David Kollar saw a black car swerving and driving erratically on I-75 in Indiana. The car’s bike rack was blocking the license plate, so Kollar whipped out his cell phone to record its behavior, and get a picture of the driver. When Kollar accelerated forward to get the driver’s face, his phone recorded a little more than a nice profile pic.
The driver of the other car, a 51-year-old doctor by the name of Perrin Dobyns, rolled down the passenger-side window, picked up what appears to be a 9 mm pistol and pointed it at Kollar. You can see the smoke trail leave the barrel as he fires at Kollar. Miraculously, Dobyns appears to have missed, and Kollar got away with little more than shaken up from the encounter.
Dobyns though, was probably a little more than shaken up when the police walked in to handcuff him in his office…at Indiana’s Branchville Correctional Facility. That’s right…Dr. Dobyns was a doctor AT A PRISON. Not that he should have been, given his previous history.
See, Indiana’s prison officials hired Dobyns after he had already lost his medical license in North Carolina. The doctor had a contract with the Medical Board that prohibted him from using any controlled substance. In October of 2008, Dobyns prescribed Elavil and “a controlled substance” to a family member — a big no-no. A month later, he urine-tested positive for pot. Two weeks later, he tested positive for oxycodone and oxymorphone. A month later, he filled his family member’s prescriptions for Elavil and the “controlled substance” (reportedly oxycontin).
So…wow. Seems almost like he should have gone to jail after all that. But in Indiana, they apparently don’t throw you in prison for slinging oxies without giving you a paycheck.
Dobyns was released from jail after pleading not guilty to first degree wanton endangerment, and paid $2,500 in bail to go home.
That’s right. $2,500 in bail, for what was anywhere else would have been classified as attempted murder and discharge of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
If he’d have been a poor, black woman in Florida, he’d be looking at $100,000 bail and 20 years in prison. Minimum. Guess it pays to be a white, pill-slinging doctor in Indiana’s prison system these days.
You know, being a Floridian, I want to look at incidents like this — this one, the biker gang and the D.C. Gatecrasher — chuckle deviously and say “awesome.” Down here, no God-awful act of violence or anarchy is that big of a deal if nobody but the perpetrator died. And no act of violence, no sign of social devolution, would be shocking. But I also realize that that, in itself, is a direct result of the fundamentally screwed up perspective you wind up with when you spend enough time in a place like Florida. A corporate-owned, billionaire controlled, religiously manipulated cash-farm…Teabagger paradise.
Here, we’re considering a law to allow people to fire warning shots rather than call the police. Here, you can stalk and kill three people in cold blood, and expect to get away with it…you can expect your neighbors to DEFEND you. Here, anarchy and violence is so normalized, such a part of the culture, that the only way to know when something truly is screwed up is when YOU find it funny. When it makes complete sense to YOU. When, yeah…you could see that happening. As the world makes more sense to Floridians, so goes it to anarchistic Hell.
And nothing about any of this doesn’t make sense to me.