Time for a time out

James Martin, Greenwich Well I had a little drink about an hour ago, and it went right to my head

James Martin, Greenwich
Well I had a little drink about an hour ago, and it went right to my head

I’ve got all the sympathy in the world for alcoholics who are trying to break free of it, but when they hit the streets in their cars, and they show a history of refusing to address their problems, it seems only fair that society remove them from the free world for a while – in this guy’s case, maybe 10 years or so?

 Greenwich resident James Martin picks up his sixth DWI arrest.

Some other highlights of Mr.Martin’s life include:

Arrested for stealing jewelry from his mother’s neighbor in Putnam Park

Arrested in February, 2013 for drunk driving, evading responsibility, driving without insurance and – oh yes: speeding down the Post Road in the dark with his headlights off.



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15 responses to “Time for a time out

  1. Anonymous

    3 beers and a half bottle of wine? Maybe if you only started counting at 6:30.

  2. Cos Cobber

    This man is vehicular manslaughter just waiting to happen. Time for the slammer.

  3. Just_looking

    Yes drinking and driving is bad, but his 6 times were since 1985…..30 years. In context does not seem as deplorable as the headline makes it.
    Also. Why are 30 years of charges cited against this guy when I don’t recall seeing this history for other police blotter entries in the past?
    So now I want to know were 5 of those 20 years ago and only one recently, or what is the distribution over the 30 years?

    • Riverslide

      Agreed. And was this most recent incident even in Greenwich?!?

      This guy is clearly singled out for special negative treatment by GPD and/or Greenwich Time. When was the last time a non-celebrity was arrested out-of-town for violations of this level, and the Greenwich Time picked up on it and cited his history of the last 30 years?!

      • If you figure the average driver picked up for a DUI has driven drunk 100 times before (a conservative guess) before his luck ran out, 6 DUI’s is a mighty number indeed. Couple that with the fact that he was supposed to have a lock on the ignition that would have prevented him from driving drunk and he still drove, in an unregistered, uninsured car, and he seems like an unsympathetic drunk to me. If he wants to drink himself to death, that’s his concern, and I know many people who, tragically, have done just that. The trouble with drunk drivers is that they’re more likely to kill other people than themselves, and society has the right, even the duty to protect itself from them.

        • Just_looking

          CF, I missed the part about unregistered and ininsured, and I agree that he should be dealt with properly. But I just find it odd that they dug back 30 yrs of history on this guy, but no others that I recall.

          • That was probably information supplied by the police. While I believe there’s a limit to how long the state can go back in calculating its penalty for drunk driving, the system itself never forgets.
            And if the man has been engaging in drunk driving for 35 years, he’s had ample opportunity to address his addiction. This is not a case of someone having a few too many drinks at a party.

        • towny

          Do oral histories at open meetings become public knowledge?

          • Never met the guy, heard the guy or seen the guy, so I don’t have an answer to your question. I do know that if you want to keep your history private, you should stay out of the police blotter.

    • housecat

      Number of years I’ve had my license: 30. Number of DUI arrests: 0. Number of years I was a young, partying idiot: too many to count. Still somehow managed not to drive while totally f***ed up. There’s this great thing called a “taxi”. I hear we even have them in CT.

      • Riverslide

        The point obviously is not that 6 DUI’s is OK, but rather that uneven treatment by the newspaper does not go unnoticed by everyone.

        On the taxi issue: typical that Connecticut recently, in the name of protecting us, has thrown up a bureaucratic roadblock to online private taxi service, Uber, that might well save any number of loaded drivers from feeling the need to drive.

        • On your latter point, I agree with you 100%.

        • housecat

          Somehow I don’t think that Uber’s entry, or non-entry, into this market will have any effect on people who like to drive drunk. I don’t work for the GT, so I can’t provide any info on their editorial processes. Maybe they thought the public might want to know that one of their old neighbours was back in town, and continuing the 30-year party on GW roads. Like CF, I have long experience with active alcoholics. My own drove drunk four or five nights a week, and somehow never got a DUI. I wish she had. I wish her name *had* been printed in the newspaper, because it might have motivated her to quit drinking and get into a good program while she was still young enough for it to work. At the very least, her long-standing practice of risking the lives of passengers (inlc me), other drivers, and pedestrians would FINALLY have been made public. No such luck, though. Please don’t expect me to express sympathy for guys like this. I have none.

  4. Anonymous

    As a former Putnam Park resident, I can assure you his transgressions are not limited to those for which he is finally arrested. Not only is he a drunk, but a grifter who preys on the senior residents who live there. He is a derelict and should be put in jail before he kills someone.