Biker Jailed for Abandoning Fallen Woman

In Auburn, ME yesterday, John Ferland was sentenced to serve 3 months in jail for abandoning a woman who fell off of his motorcycle. He mus...

In Auburn, ME yesterday, John Ferland was sentenced to serve 3 months in jail for abandoning a woman who fell off of his motorcycle. He must also serve a year of probation, and 300 hours of service.

The strange story involves Ferland who was partying with a friend at a local bar. According to the report from the Associated Press...
For his part, Ferland said he and a friend were celebrating a birthday when they stopped at the Midnight Blues Club on Auburn’s Main Street. As he was leaving on his Harley-Davidson, he heard a woman fighting with a man.

"I didn't know who she was," he said Thursday. "I'd never met her. She surprised me by getting on the back of my motorcycle."

She said she needed to go to a friend's house in Minot and asked for a ride. He said she was teetering back and forth on his motorcycle and that he turned onto Fairview Court to find a level spot before she fell, he said.

Ferland said he stopped and checked Douglas' pulse as a neighbor called for help. He said he thought she was just intoxicated, so he left her. "On that night, I failed gravely," Ferland said. "I shirked my responsibility."
The prosecutor charged Ferland with leaving the scene of an accident that caused a serious injury. However, Ferland instead plead guilty to a lesser charge of just leaving the scene of an accident.

Opinion

It doesn't sound like he caused the injury, he checked her at least to see that she still had a pulse, and he did notice someone calling for help. It doesn't sound like there was anything he could do to save her life. I agree it wasn't right for him to just ride away, but this sentence sounds way too severe.

I imagine Ferland was also intoxicated at the time, and was probably thinking that if he stayed around he'd get busted for that. But I'm thinking that cops can only bust you for that if they witness you operating a vehicle. If he was just standing around as the cops came, I think he would've been alright.

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