POLICE: Chase Suspect Wanted One More Cigarette

Police say a man who led them on a high speed chase Tuesday morning said he ran because he wanted to smoke one more cigarette before going to jail.

Richard Fodrie of Newport was charged with felony habitual DWI, felony speed to elude arrest, driving while license revoked, open container of alcohol, no license plate and speeding. Beaufort police say the 34-year-old blew a .08 on the intoxilyzer after his arrest.

An officer says he spotted Fodrie's van on Liveoak Street without a license plate. The officer began following the van, which began to speed up. The chase then began, with the van turning onto Highway 101, traveling at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. Police say the van then stopped at Highway 101 and Old Winberry Road.

According to police, when asked why he fled, Fodrie said: "I knew I was going to jail and I wanted to smoke one more cigarette.”

Fodrie's bond was set at $10,000 and he did end up in jail.


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  • by Anon on Feb 18, 2010 at 03:57 PM
    A real rocket scientist here folks.
  • by T on Feb 18, 2010 at 10:13 AM
    Now thats a marlboro man for sure!!
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Feb 18, 2010 at 07:25 AM
    "Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette; tell St. Peter at the Golden Gate, he's just going to have to wait; while you smoke yourself another cigarette."
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 18, 2010 at 07:10 AM
    There are such things as a classy cigarette? All of them turn your teeth brown, and make your breath smell like a dirty baby diaper. And that wonderful smell your clothes and hair has. ...What is classy about that? It wouldn't be classy if he was wearing a tux with diamond cuff links and sitting in the back of a Rolls Royce!
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Feb 18, 2010 at 02:59 AM
    Pamlico Guy just said it all right there! Because of one of my hobbies, I've been in bars all my life (I don't drink, ah the irony) and I never understood having a place you drive to, that you might be leave drunk. It's plainly illogical. To make this safe, you'd need to have employees (or some law enforcement individuals) that test/check blood alcohol levels BEFORE they get back behind the wheel. (again, pure logic) Open containers in a moving vehicle should be HIGHLY illegal and DUI should mean no license for a while, never get it back after the 3rd offense. Bud sadly, beer companies, the government and several hundred million (billion?) people want the freedom to drink when they want, where they want. It's good for business! Look at all the lawyers, doctors and police we need. And least us not forget the funeral homes and cemeteries, they love the extra revenue. So a few innocent people die...it's just life, right? *Bottoms up!*
  • by Pamlico Guy on Feb 17, 2010 at 08:11 PM
    "Habitual DWI." The grave yards are full of people at the receiving end of losers like this one. Like serial sex offenders, rehab is a non-issue. He will NOT change. Once he gets out of jail, he'll drink and drive again. And again. And again. Until one day... he drinks and drives and gets somebody killed. Then, he might actually get some real time in the slammer, which will be too late for the person(s) he ends up killing. But he'll be too brain addled to care. Since he does not seem to care about the increased likelihood of this future scenario coming to fruition, the courts should do the only honorable thing and somehow (like, keep him in jail FOREVER!?) prevent him from doing what we ALL know he WILL do again. Richard: Please, please, do us all a favor. Grow up. Get some help. Pull yourself together, man, and pull yourself away from your smokes and booze long enough to get it together before you make the world a worse place to live in.
  • by j.t Location: greenville on Feb 17, 2010 at 05:09 PM
    very funny, i would have done the samething.
  • by Disillusioned Location: Ayden on Feb 17, 2010 at 04:27 PM
    His punishment should be to smoke continously while in prison, one cigarette after another during his waking hours.
  • by Say What on Feb 17, 2010 at 01:49 PM
    HA HA HA, Now that's some funny stuff right there. Going the extra mile for that cancer and a court apperance.
  • by AT Location: Raleigh on Feb 17, 2010 at 01:29 PM
    I'm sure hes a little more classy than Newports...Probably Pall Malls.
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