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10.22.2007

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I've avoided writing about Carter Albrecht because I thought that most of you wouldn't be interested. I really haven't changed my mind about that, but there was some news tonight that prompted this post.

Albrecht was a popular Dallas musician who used to play with Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians (Sidenote: Sheesh, there debut album was in 1988! Somebody stop the passage of time!) He was killed about a month ago when he went into an unexplainable rage and began banging on his neighbor's back door in a violent manner. That neighbor, concerned over the number of "home invasions" that have occurred in the metroplex, fired a pistol through the door but "aimed high." Not high enough, however, as it struck the 6'4" Albrecht in the head. (The 911 tape is online.)

Some of his friends, believing that he wasn't a heavy drinker or drug user, blamed the "stop smoking" drug Chantix. (Sidenote: That drug works like gold. I saw the results.)

Well, today we learn that Albrecht had a blood alcohol concentration of .29. Interpretation: That is hammered drunk. I've reviewed hundreds (maybe thousands) of DWI cases over the years, and I can count on one hand the number of alcohol levels higher than that.

That doesn't make him a bad guy. But people always want to blame something when a tragedy occurs.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am interested and thanks for this post. I agree with you. This was an accident and even some of his band have said that everything else aside, if he had not been drinking this would not have occured.

rpm said...

I rember the morning after he was shot Pugs & Kelly were really pushing the Chantix caused him to go berzerk angle. I took Chantix for 6 months and all it did was give me a wicked belly ache. I wonder if they will broadcast the BAC results and admit they didn't know what they were talking about?

Somehow I doubt it.

Anonymous said...

What's up with all the "quotes"?

Anonymous said...

STAY HARD CARTER!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with 11:02,
They can blame the pills all they want. Bottom line is, if he wouldn't have been drinkin' this wouldn't have happened.
Now, if he just went freakin crazy for no reason and hadn't come from the bar, you'd have a story about the pills he was taking. I'm not saying the pills don't have an effect on people who drink.....but I'm sure one of the warnings is to not consume while you're on it.
Sorry to say it, but it was his fault.

Anonymous said...

Please you don't actually like Edie Brickell. Listen to the Toadies "Rubberneck." Half of the album is about Todd Lewis' father, the other half is about Edie Brickell.

In conclusion, Toadies > Edie.

Anonymous said...

Barry said "...Chantix. (Sidenote: That drug works like gold. I saw the results.)" Anyone else here tried it? RPM did it help you stay quit? I can handle a bellyache.

Anonymous said...

So you're sayin we shouldn't shoot through the door whenever someone knocks?

Is that what I'm hearin?

Anonymous said...

I tried Chantix, quit from June 15 to mid September and sadly started smoking again. I did get the stomach ache too, but it wasn't bad. I'll have another go at it soon. My SU started using it at the same time and has successfully quit the cigarettes.

Anonymous said...

The best drug to quit smoking is brought to you by liberal weenies. It's called taxes.

rpm said...

It worked, and was relatively easy to quit. But I wasn't really motivated and I started back shortly after I quit taking Chantix.
I think if I stayed on it another month or so I could have made it. But it really tore up my digestive system.
Your milage may vary.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately in Lubbock this summer a student who had been drinking left a party in Tech Terrace to go home (he had just moved into a house there in Tech Terrace as well). He ended up in a home that was not his.....walked in. The father of the home ordered him to stop....and leave....and he did not so the father shot and killed him. Very tragic! For the family man who thought he was protecting his family and for the student who was just mistaken....he paid with his life

Anonymous said...

chantix worked great for me and my spouse it only took one month and 2.5 months respectively. neither of us have smoked since middle of april. works if you want to quit

Anonymous said...

I've read that Chantix can intensify the effect of one drink by as much as 3-5 times. So his 3-5 drinks could essentially have been like 15 drinks. Couldn't that explain the heightened blood-alcohol level? Or is it irrelevant?