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Name: Donald Passenger
Last Seen: Grand Rapids, MI
Bee-otched For: kissing Matt Hanlon's ass
For the past several months, we've been covering former Citadel Broadcasting Regional Manager Matt Hanlon's fall from grace, as he was arrested a few months ago for a drunk driving accident that injured an Indian couple.
Hanlon was driving his Range Rover on Knapp St. near the East Beltline when he drove in front of another vehicle as he was readying to turn left into a supermarket parking lot. His car was struck by the other couple, who were hurt in the accident, but not seriously. Hanlon was discovered to have a .14 blood alcohol level in his system when he was arrested and spent a day in jail. For months, h fate awaited.
Many speculated that the 49-year-old Hanlon could spent months behind bars, but apparently, he had a good lawyer or the judge was just another Grand Rapids good 'ol boy. Judge Donald Passenger didn't throw a book at him, but rather a coupon instead. The judge only ordered Hanlon to pay the court a mere $1,660.85.
No more jail time, no more fines. Hanlon can enjoy the rest of his life.
Ya know, it's moments like this that remind me of the movie A Christmas Story where Ralphie and a bunch of kids pressure Flick into licking a flagpole in the middle of the winter. The teacher had escorted him - bandaged tongue and all - back into the room and talked to the class about what happened. She said that the guilt that one faces should be worse than the punishment he shall receive. Personally, I hope this incident will live with Hanlon for the rest of his life. $1,660 is chump change for somebody who once lived in a $600,000 home in Ada (now occupied by his little butt buddy HUUUUUUUUUGE).
It comes to show how fucked up the whole goddamned system is. You get caught with pot. and you can go to jail for decades. But, drive around in a Range Rover drunk as hell and you're good to go. Sick.
But then again, what else do you expect from a Judge appointed by John Engler?
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