Originally Posted by Randy Cassingham
"WE EXPECT THEM TO OWN UP TO THEIR MISTAKES"
In January 2005, Robert Clymer, 41, ran his pickup truck off the road in Las Vegas, Nevada. The truck had jumped a curb, and Clymer was found unconscious in the cab -- and the truck was on fire. Firefighters pulled him out and saved his life.
A blood test found Clymer's blood-alcohol level was 0.306 percent, more than three times the legal limit. Police investigators found several items of interest in the truck's cab, including an empty bottle of Captain Morgan rum, and a 9mm pistol -- Clymer, a Special Agent for the FBI, was involved in a "high-profile" federal investigation of a local strip club.
Before the accident, police were called to a hotel on a report of a man with a gun. The man left before police arrived, but the suspect had dropped a pistol magazine at the scene. It was later matched to Clymer's gun.
In a plea bargain arrangement, weapons charges were dropped in exchange for a guilty plea on misdemeanor drunk driving charges. Clymer was sentenced to a 30-day jail term -- which was suspended -- plus 48 hours of community service. "Public officials make mistakes," said Clymer's attorney, Gary Booker. "With public officials, we expect them to own up to their mistakes and correct them. That is exactly what happened in this case."
Sounds good so far, but that's hardly the end of it.
Clymer has filed a lawsuit in the case, and you'll never guess who he's suing.
In his suit, Clymer claims he stopped along the road to make a phone call, leaving his pickup running in "Park". Then he "somehow lost consciousness" and the truck "somehow produced a heavy smoke that filled the passenger cab." Thus, the suit claims the truck is defective, and he's suing Chevrolet Motors, the manufacturer of his 2004 Silverado pickup, and Bill Heard Chevrolet, the dealer that sold him the truck. The product liability suit demands more than $33,000 in medical expenses plus about $11,000 in lost wages.
So much for "owning up" to his own mistakes and "correcting them".
Clymer, who makes $102,000 per year as an FBI agent, apparently needs money: the lawsuit was filed weeks after he and his wife, who is a secretary for the FBI, filed for bankruptcy. Court papers filed in that case say the couple is more than $580,700 in debt, including nearly $122,000 on their credit cards alone.
Great: a federal officer can't get by on a six-figure income, can't control his drinking, can't control his driving, and can't control his weapons thinks he can "own up" to his mistakes by suing some deep pockets which had nothing to do with his problems. Rather than this convicted criminal heading to court to victimize innocent defendants after causing his own problems, it sounds like Clymer needs to head to an AA meeting. But as far as I can tell, the case is still pending.