September 10, 1897

On This Date in in 1897 British police arrest London taxi driver George Smith for drunken driving. They determined that he was drunk because he first, acted and talked in a drunken manner and second, he drove straight into a building. When asked why he did so, he said, “Well officer, that sumbitch building was looking all google-eyed at me and daring me to hit it, so I did.” It was the first DWI in history and after Mr. Smith sobered up he pled guilty and was fined 25 shillings or $2.50 in American money of that time.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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