Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The day Rolland Jinks became a criminal

The old principle that nothing is a big deal unless it happens to you might have applied to Rolland Jinks in early November, 1939.

According to the Brookville American:

Parked Car
Is Damaged On
The Highway

Rolland Jinks Pays Fine
For Failure to Comply
With Law

"There was an unusual case before Justice Alfred P. Wise Monday night in which a new Indiana law was (sic) envoked, in which Rolland Jinks, of Fairfield, a truck driver, was charged with having struck an unattended car on the highway, belonging to Mrs. Ruth Drewes, and leaving the scene of the accident without reporting it to the authorities or the owner."

(Extra points for long sentences!)

The article explained:

"The law which was enacted at the last session of the Indiana legislature is found on page 303, section 42, of the Acts of 1939, which reads:

Unattended vehicle--Striking--Duty Upon Striking Unattended Vehicle--The driver of any vehicle which collides with any vehicle which is unattended shall immediately stop and shall then and there either locate and notify the operator or owner of such vehicle of the name and address of the driver and owner of the vehicle striking the unattended vehicle, or shall leave in a conspicious place in the vehicle struck a written notice giving the name and address of the driver and of the owner of the vehicle doing the striking and a statement of the circumstances thereof."

One wonders why the law had reached a degree of urgency in 1939, given the fact that vehicles had been around for several years prior to that.

Perhaps they were waiting for Rolland Jinks to smash into Ruth Drewes' car, which was apparently alongside the road.


Lucky she wasn't in it, since a different law might have applied.

Either way, Rolland pleaded guilty to the egregious crime "and was fined $1.00 and costs, amounting to $5.00 and was given a warning and released. This is the first time this law has been envoked."

Clearly, the state planned to reap huge profits from this law. A buck at a time.

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