SARASOTA, Fla. (CBS TAMPA) — A man fishing from his kayak a half-mile from Point of Rocks off Sarasota was shocked when a dog that was involved in a deadly DUI crash swam up to his boat terrified.

Once pulled to safety, Barney shrunk into a corner of the small craft, shaking and traumatized over the event. He sustained minor injuries, including one to his paw and several cuts.

The man brought Barney to a local vet, who used a tracking chip implanted in him to discover his owner was Donna L. Chen, who was struck by a Nissan Altima and died moments before.

Florida Highway Patrol said Blake Talman, 22, was fleeing from an earlier crash in his Nissan Altima northbound on SR-758 when he struck Chen and Barney.

The two were jogging north on SR-758 when Talman allegedly failed to navigate a left curve causing him to leave the roadway and strike a metal pole before hitting Chen and a street sign. Chen was knocked from the sidewalk into the center of the road, reports indicate.

Barney took off, though there is no mention of him in the report.

Talman struck several yellow wooden poles at the entrance to the St. Michael’s Archangel Catholic Church then collided with the front right corner of a Ford Escort, veered left and hit another telephone pole.

Talman and a 24-year-old passenger were transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where they were treated for serious injuries. Talman was released Sunday and transported to Sarasota County Jail where his bail was set at $100,000.

Talman faces charges including DUI manslaughter and DUI property damage and personal injury.

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Comments (169)
  1. nunya in ct says:

    Tragic, and I am so sorry for her family and her dog.

    1. Carl says:

      why not put a breath analyzer in every car?

      1. Jay says:

        Because I and many others never drink and drive and would hate such an invasion of privacy.

      2. Think for a second says:

        the same reason they don’t give an IQ test befor ethey let you comment on websites. Sheesh.

      3. James says:

        why not just have everyone connected by a wire to the government, so that every thought we have is known and they can kill us instantly just by pushing a button?

      4. Gavin says:

        Breath analyzers are highly inaccurate unless you want to pay as much for the car for one. That is why cops can’t submit their field analyzer tests into court and retake the test at the station.

      5. Connie Duncan Adamski says:

        James, don’t give them any ideas please. I’m sure some of them would love to

      6. Sionnach Dhu says:

        Breath analyzers in cars don’t “invade privacy”; they simply prevent the car from starting if the driver’s breath shows that blood alcohol is too high.

    2. Joel says:

      My heart goes out to the family. How about DUI murder?

      You know sh-t like this males me think maybe there is something to Sharia law.

      Run his as- over with a semi.

      1. Don James says:

        BS, Joel, are you a muslim? My brother is. and he also thinks your comment is BS.

      2. Akshay says:

        #1 Kenny Chesney fan on October 25, 2011 I don’t know about Seventeen but GirlsLife is real bueacse i won from their. Twice. I’m not sure though. I would think they are real bueacse if someone actually did win they still would have to spend money no matter what

  2. CR says:

    Is there are reason we haven’t gotten serious with the penalties for drunken driving in this country? Let people drink, but if they are dumb enough to drive afterwards drop the big, ugly hammer.

    1. Idgarad says:

      Since we don’t teach personal responsibility drinking became a disease, you know like cancer, AIDS, the flu. Being a drunk or an addict isn’t a behavior or choice. It’s a disease you catch and you are at not fault of your own. It was a booze makers that forced it on you. It was society, peer pressure, a bad family, etc. So we don’t hold them accountable, after all you wouldn’t punish people for getting cancer right? So we never get tough on drunks or addicts, they need treatment and tax payer subsidized programs to help them rather then punish them. This is America, we aren’t concerned with justice for the victims.

      1. ds says:

        EXACTLY! since when is being a drunk a DISEASE? Idgarad is spot on
        this ahole decides to put drink in hand and guzzle subsequently killing an innocent woman and of course gets a low bail and “manslaughter” ITS MURDER cause you know you MIGHT do something you WONT remember i.e. KILL when youre irresponsible and drunk – a cancer victim isnt asking for their disease, isnt driving while suffering from cancer then killing someone else
        is is a joke how we allow these people to get off! poor woman is dead cause some jerk had to drink and drive.

      2. jellybraingovtlover says:

        okay. you’re wrong. I drink lots. all the time. even excessively….I won’t even go NEAR a car after I have had even one beer. While it is true that some alcohol consuming morons may have an extreme problem, or dependency on alcohol, the primary driver is that a moron is a moron regardless of what they pour in their face to begin with. Alcohol simply magnified their already pathetic and stupid condition. Accountability and responsibility for ones own decisions ARE NOT THE TAXPAYERS RESPONSIBILITY. Do you need someone to chew your food for you too?

      3. jnsesq says:

        Silly, Idgara. Don’t you realize we’re ALL victims? It be da man what be keepin’ us down and whateva, yo. Know whu’m sayin’?

      4. Rennyangel says:

        Drunks are now protec5ed by the Americans with Disabilities Act. It’s a disease.!!!

      5. For my Liberty says:

        YOU are SO full of it!!! Have you ever heard of CHOICES? THAT is exactly what is going WRONG with America today–People are NOT HELD RESPONSIBLE for their CHOICES! Cry me a RIVER you FRUITCAKE! Get off your couch and GET A JOB! GET OFF THE GOVERNMENT DOLES, because IF Americans have OUR way, you WILL have that check stopped REAL SOON!

      6. john says:

        to jnsesq (and somewhat the rest of you in this string): now you’re just being ignorant. Obviously with the ebonics typing you’re trying to imply black people want a handout and are parodying the idea that black people think the man holds them down, when in reality this is a story about drunk driving, which has NOTHING to do with race. you’re a clown. you neocons from drudge (which i read every day) get all wrapped up in the politics of a story, equating this to something that the government did somehow, and you miss the point that this was an entirely personal choice. when was the last time that you drank and thought to yourself, “i shouldn’t make good choices tonight. the government won’t punish me anyway. i’ll just kill a guy and get manslaughter, and that jail time won’t suck at all. it’s so much better than murder so i might as well just drive and kill someone for the heck of it.” this guy is going to get punished! he might get treatment too for some sort of alcoholism, but he’s going to do jail time. maybe he should do more than he’ll get, but let’s not jump to conclusions when a punishment hasn’t even been reached yet. i’m a 21 year old republican and people like you are the reason there aren’t more young republicans. it’s not a race thing, and if the perceived perception is that democrats give out handouts perpetuating the nanny/welfare state, and you still go out and vote for romney you’re a fool. just obama 2.0 and he’s proven it time and time again. let’s go ron paul. (and now i’m getting wrapped up in the politics that others brought up. in reality this is a tragic story. my condolences go to the woman’s family and hopefully the dog finds a good home.

      7. moriah says:

        It’s not a disease, it’s a choice.

      8. Kaththee says:

        Getting addicts help and treatment is the first step to holding them accountable. Not all drunk drivers are addicts and not all addicts drive drunk something you don’t acknowledge. If the driver in this case was not an alcoholic and never drank before would that change his culpability one way or another? To hear you talk only alcoholics drive drunk ever. If that were true there wouldn’t be more accidents on holiday weekends. I am not sure if I agree with the disease model for addiction but it is called a disease because it is progressive and it kills. It isn’t some kind of plot by the powers that be to victimize the populous. Some countries with the best treatment for addicts also have the harshest sentences for drinking and driving. The two ideas go together well.

      9. Ray says:

        Laws don’t stop drunk drivers, people who are responsible individuals do. Write all the DUI laws you want, it won’t change a thing.

      10. Doug says:

        John if politics are not related why are you spending so much time with your Ron Paul echo chamber nonsense. This about a DUI and a person who has CHOSEN to drink and CHOSEN to drive, and consequently KILLED someone based on nothing but his negligence and bad choices.

        There is no disease process here, only bad judgment.

    2. Andyandersonusa says:

      Just once I would like to see that the Big Man is either not breathing air any longer, fiollowing a swift trial and judgment, or that he has agreed to help the Japanese at the crippled nuke plants and is not expected to survive.

    3. Sharon says:

      We were in Norway for a soccer tournament about 25 years ago. We had met some locals in a restaurant and when they turned up at our hotel, the coach asked my husband and I to entertain them. One of the things we found out was that Norwegian law about DUI is so strict that the first offense involves a prison sentence. One of the gentlment was being the designated driver that night. He said they always do that because the penalties are so dire. It would be nice if we could do the same.

      1. Sally Burke says:

        That would be “my husband and ME”.

    4. Jack says:

      We’re all serious about drinking and driving. However, no matter how stiff you make the penalty some jerks will still drive drunk. The threat of an audit does not stop tax cheats. The threat of 20 years in prison does not stop crack dealers. Some folks just have a different set of rules they live by,

      1. john says:

        ^somebody gets it. you could make the penalty death for drunk driving, and there would still be drunk drivers. it’s about personal choices, and by human nature and free will, people are going to make bad decisions. doesn’t make this any less tragic, but saying this guy should rot in jail isn’t going to change what happened, and it wouldn’t have been prevented.

      2. George Johnson says:

        And don’t forget the expensive prisons. Nobody is gonna want to put everybody in prison for 10 years, and have to pay the bill for it. Just WAY too many people, costing WAY too much money. Hell, we can’t even put REAL criminals in them any more!!

    5. George Johnson says:

      Is there a reason we haven’t gotten serious about people RUNNING from the police!! How many more innocent people have to die? There was another one in the Atlanta area just a couple days ago.

      In EVERY SINGLE chase, where the driver was shot, the chase ended within seconds. Yet, our police, refuse to take action and try to stop them. They won’t even send a bullet into the radiator. Even THAT would stop a chase in a few minutes.

      The public would see it as killing somebody for running, but that is not true, They would be shot for putting the (innocent) PUBLIC in danger. Not too long ago, I had a questioned answered. And that is how long would the police tolerate a gunman standing there on a street corner, firing randomly. The answer of course, is NOT LONG. We saw it on the news.

      A criminal running from the police, is the same situation. Every second they run, they’re putting innocent people in danger. How many more innocent people must die before we stop protecting the criminals??

      I don’t care if they spit on the sidewalk. If they’re running, they’re putting everybody in danger NOW. The law says stop, you stop. If you run, you’re endangering the public and should be stopped at all costs, to save innocent lives.
      (and no, I’m not suggesting you blow them away on a crowded street, they’d have to wait for their shot and take it. It would be stupid to shoot the driver when they’re going 100 MPH down a crowded downtown street, so don’t even start that argument).

      1. Kaththee says:

        That is the stupidest thing that I have read since spell check came out. You don’t care if they spit on the sidewalk. Are you a nut? You would love North Korea. Cops kill people too when they chase, so as a concerned citizen can I shoot a cop in hot pursuit? Giving chase is the problem. Cops just do it because their egos go into over drive. Most people could just be picked up later at home or on a road block especially for offenses like side walk expectorating.

      2. Doug says:

        Kathee your ignorance is painful. We won’ even start with your inability to filter out a purposeful exaggeration to make a point. The Police have never killed anyone chasing a fleeing suspect. If the police tell you to stop and you don’t and someone gets hurt because they have to chase you that is on you not the police. Wise up dimwit. It’s people who think like you that are tearing this Country down.

    6. Lee says:

      Drinking is a choice, alcoholism is a disease.

      1. JD says:

        No Lee, alcoholism is a choice as well.

  3. CraigO says:

    Forget jail. Drop that guy off 20 miles out to sea.

    1. JOHN T. FOX says:


      1. Mike Florey says:

        From two miles up.

  4. carling says:

    OK, so what happens to Barney now? Does he have a home?

    1. Cutter says:

      I live close to sarasota if anybody knows if they haven’t found a home for the dog i will offer him a warm place in mine

    2. Sionnach Dhu says:

      His owner was married, and Barney has been returned to the family, who are very happy to have him back.

  5. Chippy55 says:

    Hmm, the man is involved with fishing, which essentially is killing fish for sport, but then he befriends a pooch. Sounds like Pisces-Dogma Syndrome.

    1. Craig says:

      It’s “catch and release”, not “catch and kill”. Unless he was fishing for food, in which case it’s “making dinner”

    2. Bily says:

      You sound like politically correct peta syndrome

    3. IrvtheLiquidator says:

      ur a f&&king dumby….

    4. phil says:

      lol involved in fishing, is that sorta equivalent to being involved in money laundering or being involved in gang related crimes or something. Odds are you ancestors and you would not be around if not for fishing. Go back to your PETA meeting, logical people are talking.

    5. carnivore says:

      Actually, most fish are caught to be consumed; you know, the way that nature intended it to be.

    6. CraigO says:

      I’m pretty sure Chippy55 was going for a laugh. Otherwise I would not want to visit his roach and ant infested house. 🙂

  6. Mark M. says:

    I agree with Craig. Let’s see if this drunk murderer running that killed a woman while fleeing another accident can swim to safety as well as Barney did.

  7. Rick says:

    First and foremost, what a Good Samaritan.

  8. Bill says:

    He handled the dog well, good guy. Wonder why a camera was mounted on the kayak?

    1. Barney says:

      That’s what I wondered too. Why would the guy be videotaping himself in his kayak?????

    2. tom says:

      go on youtube many kayakers film their catches

  9. Kate says:

    Jeeez… is there even one news story in the world without a significant error in fact??? There’s no such thing as a “GPS tracking” microchip. It’s a passive chip that’s read by a scanner. The number on the chip is used to consult a databse that provides ownership information.

    1. jimbo says:

      Also, the man did not bring the dog to the vet, his sister did.

      1. George Johnson says:

        You fool. That’s a COLLAR, not a “chip” like they insert into the pet!

    2. jacques poutine says:

      we must be reading different articles. this one clearly says

      “who used a tracking chip implanted in him to discover his owner was Donna L. Chen”

      no mention what so ever about gps tracking(which wouldn’t have helped anyways) they were not trying to track the dogs movements they were trying to locate its owner.

  10. jk says:

    Thanks Mr. Fisherman!
    Sad story but pretty cool good Samaritan.

  11. andersonex69 says:

    As for the guy who equate fishing with crime and purports to be a PETA supporter, I too, support PETA (here goes) People Eating Tasty Animals!

  12. andersonex69 says:

    Also, What a nice guy in the kayak!! A true animal lover, one could tell.

  13. stoptouchingthatmabel says:

    Blake Talman should spend the rest of his life in jail for the murder of Donna Chen but sadly he won’t.

  14. Chris says:


    Nobody said GPS tracking. You did. The microchips are tracking chips in the sense that the scanner can help you track down the owner.

    Yes, they are passive. Yes, the scanner has to be within inches of the chip to get a reading. No, there is no GPS involved.

    1. all4n says:

      Chris, what makes you think a GPS chip in a dog could track down the owner? The owner would have to have to wear the chip!
      Try to think these things thru before you write something that makes you sound stupid.

      1. ALE says:

        Read Chris’s post again, carefully. He said it tracks the owner IN A SENSE. The inserted microchip (on the dog) has owner information on it such as a name and phone number. A vet can scan the chip (dog) and retrieve that information and pick up a phone and call the owner….hence TRACKING DOWN THE OWNER.

  15. johnny says:

    The Dog looks like a Vizsla which are very loyal and loving dogs. I have two and they are the sweetest dogs you could ask for. Barney is for sure in shock and will be looking for his owner (mom) non stop. Poor guy! I truly hope he finds a great home with plenty of room to run….. now for the A-Hole that caused this tragedy may he find a small room to rot in.

    1. Mark says:

      It’s definitely a Vizsla. Looks just like my baby boy. To anyone considering helping Barney find a home, they are terrific dogs.

    2. Sionnach Dhu says:

      Barney didn’t need to “find a great home” -he has been returned to his owner’s husband, who is very happy to have him back.

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  16. jnsesq says:

    Yet another drunken POS survives after slaughtering an innocent.

  17. Lszumlic says:

    Best comment of all!!! : )

  18. Roger Scott Francis says:

    Does this guy always record himself fishing? Kind of convenient to capture it all on video!

    1. Curtis Plumb says:

      Probably wanting to show off the whopper he’s gonna catch.

  19. Jasper says:

    Yeah..this is ALL just too convenient. Guy videoing himself while kayaking and fishing…Narcissist?

    While I’m a big dog lover and own a rescued german short haired pointer and loathe drunk drivers, I find this story to be very suspect. I’m calling BS on this one.
    Hope I’m wrong.

    1. Curtis Plumb says:

      Doesn’t sound like you hope you’re wrong. Most cynics don’t.

      1. Jasper says:

        I’m not a cynic clown, but a realist. I’m glad that you believe in everything you read…. especially on the internet.

    2. Clarence Oddbody says:

      So you think this fisherman set the whole thing up just so he could film himself doing it? You find the news report to be suspect? What, you don’t believe a drunk driver killed a woman and that her dog ran away?

      1. Jasper says:

        Yeah I find the news report very suspect. Do you people even read the article. No mention in the police report about the dog, which is not out of the ordinary at all. The “news reporter” and I’ll use that term loosely said Donna L. Chen and her dog were struck by a drunk driver. How is he making this assumption? He says Barney ran away. We know Donna unfortunately was killed by the drunk driver. Did a family member say Donna was out jogging with the dog? Then why didn’t the reporter state that. Did someone see her jogging with the dog and saw the dog bolting after the tragedy? Not as far as what was reported. All we know is the dog was traced to a woman that was killed by a drunk driver. I’m not doubting that fact. For all we know Barney could’ve hurt his paw and got injured chasing a dang rabbit down a hole. Or the whole kayaking thing can be set up BS. The new article (cough) leaves a lot out don’t you think Mr. Odd?

    3. Eric Duncan says:

      I guess all of the commercials currently running for the GoPro and other personal video recorders must irritate you no end, Jasper. People are recording all kinds of personal activities and posting the videos on YouTube and elsewhere. This is just a case of a guy capturing his fishing jaunt who happened to end up in this story. Your seeing this as anything else speaks more to your mindset than this kind man who rescued a hurt, scared dog.

      1. Jasper says:

        Doesn’t irritate me at all Eric. I love technology. At this very moment I’m typing my reply to you on my ipad 2 . I currently own a rescued dog I adopted 6 years ago that I feed and shelter and love with all my heart. I’m sure it’s exactly as you say it is, just a man capturing his fishing jaunt and rescuing a dog and then posting it on YouTube and elsewhere. Lord knows everything posted on YouTube , Facebook , Twitter, MySpace, Wikipedia, is absolute fact.

        I know it’s just me, but I find it rather narcissistic to tweet what I had for lunch, or post to facebook the great dump I took after lunch. When I go fishing I like to get away from technology and just enjoy being, living in the moment. Unfortunately something Ms Chen will no longer be able to do. I wonder if Ms Chen was videoing herself jogging, by your thinking she should have been. But, if you and others like you that need to validate your lives by capturing every mundane moment of it and spreading it out in cyberspace for all the world to yawn over, then have at it. Your 15 minutes of fame might just be coming your way by doing so.

      2. RT says:

        Agree. Jasper seems to be a deeply cynical and unhappy individual.

    4. RT says:

      You are wrong. And a jerk to boot.

  20. Fedup says:

    I was called for jury duty for a guy who was trying to get out of a DUI. When the lawyers got to me I went off on him saying I have zero tolerance for drunks, they are pathetic losers that are a danger to society. Everyone looked at me like I was crazy.
    Well America there you are.. go soft on people who use their addictions as crutches and suffer the consequences.

  21. neonnoodle says:

    It varies from state to state, but a typical DUI manslaughter conviction will result in a prison term of from 4 to 10 years, depending on the degree of negligence involved. If it’s determined to be gross negligence, which is what this sounds like, he’s looking at 5 to 10 years. Serves him right. Usually dogs who have lost their owners and wind up on the news in a human interest story get adopted right away. The caretakers of this heroic pooch will probably have to turn away plenty of candidates. His future new family and new “forever home” is assured.

    1. George Johnson says:

      Yeah, I realized log ago, that “life” is usually about 7 years. That’s about what a human life is worth these days in prison time.

      But go to jail for drugs, and you’re there for a lot longer. Go figure…..

    2. Sionnach Dhu says:

      Barney’s owner was married, and he’s been returned to her husband, who is very happy to have him back.

      1. davies says:

        arsgaccutlien on August 30, 2011 I like that I can bounce back (maybe not quickly, but definitely in a short time) from bad situations. My bf and I broke up after 7.5 years, and while i was so devastated, my mindset now has been more about taking this opportunity for new beginnings and that excites me and usually gets me out of my funk.

  22. Snarky Malarkey says:

    Salty dog…

  23. Steve Gee says:

    Sad. But consider how women treat men, especially these days, I’m just amazed more men aren’t heavy drinkers.

    1. ALE says:

      Project much? See you therapist.

  24. capt 3292 says:

    Talman is a 22 year old immature child who never rose above the mental age 13. This should be considered as murder in the third degree with a mandatory 15 year prison sentence and barred for life of having a drivers license. No mercy for this human garbage.

  25. all4n says:

    Don’t you know that driving is a disease! Have you no heart?

    1. RT says:

      I read the link. It appears this woman and her family have been net contributors to society, while the perp is anything but. So sad. I hope he gets a maximum sentence for this. No plea deal, nothing. He needs to do long, hard time.

  26. sweetlips says:

    As if we didn’t have enough problems with drunk driving, Ron Paul and his ilk want to legalize drugs….so we can then contend with stoned out drivers.

    1. Paulbot says:

      Like we don’t now. Driving drunk is against the law, didn’t make much of a difference here.

    2. Clarence Oddbody says:

      Well this is pretty ignorant. Legalizing pot will not make driving stoned legal, any more than driving drunk is legal now.

      In case you haven’t noticed, alcohol is a drug, and has caused far more death, destruction, disease, ruined lives and misery than pot ever has.

      1. Jay says:

        In recorded history not a single death has been caused by consuming marijuana. A drunk person is usually hyped up in a good or bad way, not in full control of the senses or actions, and in general unpleasant to sober people. A stoner is in general a friendly person that doesn’t cause disturbances and is at worst boring for a sober person. Marijuana was outlawed through funding of DuPont, not because it is a drug. Read up on the history of hemp, it’s fascinating: Hemp For Victory, Reefer Madness… Hemp has over 50,000 uses, tell me any other NATURAL plant that can claim this. 🙂

    3. Jay says:

      There was a study conducted in Holland in cooperation and with funding coming from the US. The study was aborted shortly before being completed, because the results did not reveal what was intended. In the tests completed, stoned drivers were driving much safer than sober drivers. It is easily explainable, stoned people are much more cautious when driving. It’s a fact.

  27. Toni says:

    Where is Barney now? I want to make sure he has a home.

    1. Jeanne says:

      Will there be a follow-up story? I hope the dog goes to a good home.

  28. MM says:

    The linked story from the Herald Tribune says he was returned to the husband of the woman who was killed.

  29. Diogenes of Sinope says:

    Are we such a Facebook Nation that no one questions why such a narcissist is filming himself fishing in HD, and become instantly famous when serendipity strikes and gets him in the news: Man saves Dog?

    1. Clarence Oddbody says:

      Comments such as these are just so stupid and ignorant. So now shooting some video makes one a narcissist? Google “GoPro”. Lots of people use these small cameras to catch some action video of themselves engaging in their preferred pasttime activity – sailing, surfing, riding mountain bikes, fishing – whatever.

      I mean really – are the people questioning this really suggesting that this guy somehow set the whole thing up? He paddled a half-mile out from shore and had someone on the shore shove the dog in the water so it could swim out to him?

      Hey, I’m a pretty big skeptic, but I don’t see anything here that sets off the BS detector. Far stranger things have happened. And it’s not wierd or narcissistic that the guy had a video camera going.

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    2. RT says:

      Something tells me Diogenes is projecting.

  30. MayfaireOquinn says:

    From: Steve Gee
    “Sad. But consider how women treat men, especially these days, I’m just amazed more men aren’t heavy drinkers.”

    Awww, poor wittle Steve. Well, best poor yourself a big shot, friend, because here comes another woman stepping on your poor wittle feelings: Grow a pair, dorkus! 😉

  31. tom says:

    you would think the reporter of this story could mention if the woman had a family or survivers? most people jog near home. lame reporter

  32. MayfaireOquinn says:

    As for the story:

    I first saw on YouTube, where this video was originally posted by the guy who rescued the dog, that he had the camera with him in case he caught the “big one”. Also, the dog is back with his surviving family, so he is being taken care of.

    Kudos to this young man for his excellent treatment of the dog, and big hugs to the pooch for his horrible ordeal.

    1. Mark says:

      Thanks for the update on Barney, MayfaireOquinn

  33. M Bauman says:

    We simply don’t execute enough people in this country, pure and simple.

  34. RT says:

    They say a dog is man’s best friend. It works the other way around, too.

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  35. Calvin says:

    He was released and he reported to jail? Why not he was severely beaten and taken directly to jail for vehicular manslaugther, fleeing the scene of an accident, reckless and criminal endangerment, to name just a few charges.

  36. BDDD says:

    POS needs a MURDER CHARGE! Not ‘manslaughter’!

    1. jacques poutine says:

      agreed. saying a drunk driver killing someone is manslaughter is shameful. a drunken idiot behind the wheel of a car is a deadly weapon.

    2. Glen Jordan Spangler says:

      We all hate what he did but it sounds like you’ve misunderstood the definition of “manslaughter.”

  37. Ray says:

    I don’t understand why the dog decided to go into the water and chase some kayak when his owner got mowed down on shore. What kind of dog is this? A freaking whale-dog?? Why would any dog jump in the cold water to look for help??? This makes no sense at all.
    First I thought that maybe the owner crashed his yacht and then I had to reread it to find out it all played out on shore.
    This story is a joke, total bull!

    1. jacques poutine says:

      its called shock. try being smarter sometime capt. stupid, notice how out of over 100 comments yours is the only one this stupid? EVERYONE else understands

    2. Glen Jordan Spangler says:

      Sounds like the dog ran and swam in the opposite direction from the car in a panic.

  38. Carla McDonald says:

    FINALLY! Someone is concerned about that poor dog and his dead owner. Good Grief.

  39. LovesDogs says:

    Agreed! The poor woman was killed, the injured dog panicked and hit the water. Good Samaritan kayaker rescued the dog (and yes, many kayakers film their trips in case they get the big one) and made sure it got to a vet. The vet fixed him up and got him back to the grieving widower. Hopefully, the DUI driver gets the maximum sentence. But most of these coments forgot or ignored the main people: victim, dog victim, kayaker rescuer, vet, widower. Isn’t that enough of a story?

  40. tex Greenfield says:

    This 22 year old had better be 122 if he ever is even considered for parole. This is clearly a person that cannot be rehabilitated.

    So sorry to the family and the poor animal.

    Thanks much to the man in the boat who rescued the dog. Good people are still out there.

  41. J.D. says:

    Good dog, bad owner.

    1. jacques poutine says:

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  42. Bugsy says:

    Funny, but if the police had not been “in Hot pursuit” chasing the person who caused the death of the dog owner, this would not have happened. In other parts of this country (like Pittsburgh) police are trained not to chase after a criminal because while he may drive fast, he can’t out run the radios police have or the helicopters. Putting on a chase only causes more problems and puts innocent people at risk. However here in Florida, the thrill of a police chase is more important than the safety of a citizen’s life. SHAME ON THE FLORIDA POLICE FOR CAUSING A SITUATION THAT MURDERED INNOCENT PEOPLE.

  43. jacques poutine says:

    DUI is not manslaughter, its murder. shame on everyone except the victim the dog, and the kayaker.

    1. Glen Jordan Spangler says:

      Horrible what he did, but where did you get that legal info?

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