Thursday, August 16, 2007

Why the Libertarians Insist on Privatizing Roadways - The Sad Story of Manuel Garibay and Manuel Gariday

If you privatize roadways, perhaps you can keep the riff-raff away.

Some people shouldn't be driving on the road, and some people shouldn't even be NEAR a road.

Take Manual Garibay. Please. (Actually, Colorado probably will, but we'll get to that in a moment.)

Let's go back to March 14, 1982 to the Latin Village Bar on Santa Fe Drive in Denver, Colorado. At about 1:00 in the morning,

...two men were in a traffic accident near the bar and that after the crash they went inside the bar to argue....

They then moved outside the bar, where at some point Manuel Garibay is alleged to have shot Jesus Gutierrez Sanchez, who was 26 at the time of his death. Garibay disappeared after the shooting.

Fast forward 25 years to August 4, 2007 and Garibay, now 60, is driving down the street in my hometown of Ontario, California. He apparently hasn't learned his lesson about keeping away from traffic, and is now driving. Unfortunately for Garibay, he is driving on the wrong side of the road, having swerved across the yellow line.

He was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, but a routine criminal background check turned up a 25-year-old warrant for his arrest on a murder charge.


The Daily Bulletin (specifically, Rod Leveque) provides additional information:

Two officers on patrol looking for drunken drivers stopped 60-year-old Manuel Garibay Saturday night after they saw him swerve his white pickup truck across traffic lanes.

A routine background check revealed the Chino man's 25-year-old warrant for second-degree murder in Colorado....

Garibay initially admitted to the officers that he had previously lived in Colorado....

"Once they made him aware of the warrant he tried to deny it was him."...

Officers were later able to confirm his identity via his Social Security number, police said.

Denver court records show a 1982 murder warrant for a Manuel Gariday, who shares the same date of birth as the suspect arrested in Ontario on Saturday.

So we have two different people, one named Gariday and one named Garibay, who share the same birth date and the same Social Security Number.

The mind boggles.


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