Caught on video: Attorneys blame made-up black man for drunken crash

Attorneys blame made up person on drunk crash

ELYRIA - Heather Wilsey crashed after leaving an Elyria bar drunk.

When questioned by police about the accident, she and her attorney passenger blamed a black man who turned out to be non-existent. 

WKYC Channel 3’s Hilary Golston got her hands on video police say clearly proves Wilsey was behind the wheel, when she crashed. 

Elyria Police gave Golston the video, which appears to show both Wilsey and her passenger Kenneth Lewis, entering the vehicle before the accident.

Police searched for the suspect Wilsey and Lewis described, but police couldn't locate him because their story was a lie.

Both were charged with obstruction, and sentenced to 10 days in jail. Wilsey was also charged with drunk driving.

Even though there were no reported injuries, Elyria Police decided to indicate a victim and they called it  "victim, society is."

The subtle social commentary is pretty easily apparent. 

A close examination of the video shows the two heading towards the car, after exiting the Train Station Bar. 

Wilsey can be seen heading to the driver’s side, a bit wobbly. She then begins to unlock her door.

Police who interacted with Wilsey and Lewis after the crash said Wilsey couldn't "maintain balance" had "heavy slurred speech and red glassy eyes."

In the surveillance video, Lewis first approaches the passenger's side door and then heads  to the driver’s side. The two appear to share an embrace.

Then Wilsey gets inside of the vehicle on the drivers side. 

Fast forward past some fumbling around in the car, and she drives off with Lewis sitting next to her.

Police say Wilsey crashed less than a mile away from the bar at Fourth Street and East Ave. 

Despite video evidence depicting the two clearly inside the car, they claimed the mystery driver was a "black male who lost control of the vehicle.

Police were told "the black male ran from the accident in an unknown direction."

Lewis added additional detail to the figment of  their imagination, telling police  "the suspect was wearing a red ball cap, dark colored shirt and camouflage shorts."

Where was this mystery driver clad in an ensemble of muddled colors? Answer: in the minds of two attorneys.

The story spawned some national and international headlines. 

A Google search for the pair will reveal this crafty title: "Don't blame your crimes on a fake 'black man' --- good advice for lawyers and human beings."

An officer drove the distance between the bar and the crash site several times and discovered the duo were likely on the road for one minute and 40 seconds.

A lot can happen in that time.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3,600 people in Ohio died between 2003 and 2012 because of drunk driving.

The percentage of people who report driving after drinking too much in Ohio, is higher than the national average of 1.9 percent.

In Ohio, 2.2 percent of people when surveyed, reported they drove after over-imbibing. 

 


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