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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Mon Dec 18, 2006 2:10 pm

Published: 17/12/2006 12:00 AM (UAE)

Drunk caused chaos to trains after passing out
By Amy Iggulden, The Telegraph Group Limited, London 2006

London: A former company director brought chaos to train services after passing out drunk and settling down to sleep it off comfortably with his head on the line.

Kevin Craswell, 48, was snoring so loudly that commuters could hear him from the platform as he lay across the tracks with his feet inches from the live rail.

Staff had to switch off the power, causing delays for thousands of people on four routes. Trains were disrupted for hours, costing £8,000 (Dh57,402). CCTV footage of the incident, taken from a police helicopter, showed a train being diverted to avoid striking Craswell at Epsom, Surrey.

He appeared in court on Friday and faced up to six months in prison after admitting obstructing the railway by neglect.

But Ron Fewtrell, a magistrate at Redhill, said he did not believe Craswell intended to harm people. He ordered him to undertake 180 hours of community service under an 18-month supervision order and to pay £560 (Dh4,018) compensation.

Pc Keith Board, of British Transport Police, said: "It was remarkable that he wasn't struck by a train or fatally electrocuted. Trains had to stop running and the power was turned off so police and emergency crews could get to him."

Pc Graham Cottington, said: "If he had moved his leg one foot, he would have touched the live rail and there's 750 volts going through that. He would certainly have died."

Hypothermia

Craswell, an unemployed father of one from Ashtead, Surrey, was taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia after the incident on March 3.

Graham Guerin, defending, had told an earlier hearing: "This is a professional man who fell on hard times five years ago and developed a drink problem. He had drunk a substantial amount of vodka and has no recollection of this incident."
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Postby Simulacrum » Mon Dec 18, 2006 2:16 pm

Ah yes.. I'll never forget the time I passed out drunk with my head on the train tracks.. :-? :-b
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Postby 3 run homer » Mon Dec 18, 2006 2:20 pm

this happens to me all the time when I take the tube back out of town back to the rolling pin, somtimes i felt a little like a dying clown with a streak of rin tin tin 8-o
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Postby Madison » Mon Dec 18, 2006 2:26 pm

Simulacrum wrote:Ah yes.. I'll never forget the time I passed out drunk with my head on the train tracks.. :-? :-b


Only one time? 8-o


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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Mon Dec 18, 2006 2:33 pm

3 run homer wrote:this happens to me all the time when I take the tube back out of town back to the rolling pin, somtimes i felt a little like a dying clown with a streak of rin tin tin 8-o


I need an interpreter.... :-b
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Mon Dec 18, 2006 2:34 pm

When I pass out drunk I do it on a flight line. That guy is such an amateur. B-)
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Postby 3 run homer » Mon Dec 18, 2006 2:39 pm

Omaha Red Sox wrote:
3 run homer wrote:this happens to me all the time when I take the tube back out of town back to the rolling pin, somtimes i felt a little like a dying clown with a streak of rin tin tin 8-o


I need an interpreter.... :-b


who are you? 8-o :-B
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Postby acsguitar » Mon Dec 18, 2006 3:17 pm

I once pee'd in my dogs dish when drunk..thats about the worse I think
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Postby chadlincoln » Mon Dec 18, 2006 3:38 pm

Simulacrum wrote:Ah yes.. I'll never forget the time I passed out drunk with my head on the train tracks.. :-? :-b
:-D :-D
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Postby Coppermine » Mon Dec 18, 2006 3:52 pm

once when I was drunk I stole one of those big wooden spools from a construction site they use to roll up big cables and such. I rolled it all the way over to my apartment building, set it up at the front door like it was a table and sat there drinking cheap champagne yelling at people walking into the building.

some guy sat down and we played hold 'em with some cards he just happened to have. I beat him and won 7 cans of Natural ice. I chugged three in a row, threw up in the bushes, and went to bed.

The next morning the spool had mysteriously disappeared, hopefully rolled away by another drunk college student who needed a table in front of his building.


It looked like this, except it didn't have any more cable on it and it was about 4 1/2 feet in diameter.
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