What would you do…if you’ve crashed and a rescue crew and some cops are using the Jaws of Life to free you from your vehicle—and you have an addictive biochemistry?
1. Sit tight, quietly waiting for emergency personnel to do their jobs?
2. Ask for pen and paper so you can write down your last wishes in case something goes horribly wrong?
3. Ask for a priest to assist you in praying for a positive outcome?
4. Grab some pot from a bag on the passenger seat, attempt to light up and later tell police “that was my best bag of stuff!”?
Congratulations if you selected #4, which is what Byung Lee, age 29, did after driving at least 60 mph in a 25 mph zone. He collided with a dozen moving and parked cars before rendering his car inoperable, smashing the front and passenger sides of his car, crushing one front tire and losing the other off the car.
While we can find no proof of high blood alcohol level, many potheads drink heavily. Potheads who use only marijuana rarely act in ways that cause others great harm; alcoholics often do. While alcoholics rarely admit to their use or addiction, potheads often do. In fact, they can be incredibly honest in reporting their use. Alcoholics rarely if ever would call police over a theft of a case of even legal liquor, but potheads often call police over thefts of illegal plants. It’s weird.
Byung Lee acted in ways that could cause great harm to others, while being completely honest with law enforcers as to his drug of choice and intent to use. He did so, however, only after “thrashing around his vehicle, hitting and kicking everything in his reach.” The best explanation is he was drinking and smoking. If true, his behaviors—both other-destructive and honest ones—make sense of what is otherwise inexplicable.