Thursday, July 5, 2007

Toyota Prius Reaches 100 MPH in Hands of Celebrity Driver

At first I thought the real news was that a hybrid car could reach 100 mph in the first place but then I read a little further.

CNN reports that Al Gore III was arrested for speeding down a California highway at 100 m.p.h in a Prius containing illegal drugs: marijuana, Vicodin, Valium, Xanax and Soma, and Adderall, an amphetamine often prescribed for the treatment of attention deficit disorder.

Gore III wasn’t charged with driving under the influence because an “expert” determined that his driving wasn’t impaired. That’s nice. Apparently, the exercise of poor judgment while driving does not count as “impairment.”

Gore’s drug arrest a few years earlier apparently didn’t cure the 24 year old of his propensity for fast driving and illegal substances. He is reported to have been previously arrested for driving 97 mph in a 55mph zone in Tennessee.

If the past is prologue, as some say, this celebrity son is bound to respond to his preferential treatment with additional displays of license and privilege in the future. Perhaps I’m being harsh in wondering what specific quantities of illegal drugs were found in the car. So far as I know, that wasn’t reported. Was it one pill each of Vicodin, Valium, Xanax, Soma, and Adderall? All for his own use?

As comedian Jonathan Lovitz would say: “Yeah, yeah...that’s it...that’s the story!”

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