Yes quite serious. Under our former Minnesota wrestler governor, he appointed his public safety director and then to the Senate for a short time if memory serves me correct. At any rate, the guy was fairly high up. He loaned his SUV to a friend and the friend ended up with a DUI. The truck is still impounded after a couple years, trying to work through the court system. Minnesota incidentally has just revised its impoundment statutes as every other state should do, but still too severe. Innocent parties can lose their brand new $70,000 vehicle and still need to pay it off while the police use it for riding around in. Very serious.
Oh pity the poor soul that has a 70k dollar vehicle and loans it to a drunken friend with an alcoholic attitude. Imagine if that friend would have killed someone? Then it would be serious. My guess is the owner of the vehicle was a drunk also, after all, birds of a feather flock together.
The friend is liable, not the police, and I suspect there is more to this story. Blame the drunk driving friend not the police. Would you feel differently if God forbid that drunk driver slammed into you and you ended up a quadriplegic or dead? Happens over 30 times a day in the good 'ol US of A.
If I loaned a vehicle out to a friend, I would have to know that friend really well, and if the friend drank I would have reservations to loaning it out, and if I did (which I would not)I would stipulate there would be no drinking and driving. If a friend is irresponsible enough to drive drunk, they are not responsible enough to loan a vehicle to.
let me ask you this… I loan a gun valued at 70k (rare, but there are pistols worth that) to a friend and they go out wave the gun around in public and get arrested, guess what happens to my gun? Im not getting it back. No one got hurt, its a victimless crime just like duis are, right?
Its amazing how many people here defend Dui Drivers…