St. Paul Mayor's car hit by alleged drunken driver
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman's vehicle was hit by an alleged drunk driver Thursday night, although he was uninjured by the accident, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune (http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1149693.html). The alleged drunk driver, Abbie Raymond, 22, of St. Paul was jailed on a charge of driving under the influence. Her registered blood alcohol level was .26, more than three times the local limit.
Coleman was leaving a forum at a church when he stopped at a red light at the intersection of Victoria and Summit. He was struck by Raymond at around 8:40 p.m., according to police.
Police said Raymond could'nt have been traveling more than 12 miles per hour when she struck Coleman's vehicle.
According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Coleman was with his police escort in his black Crown Victoria while struck by Raymond's Honda sedan (http://www.twincities.com/searchresults/ci_5761607). Raymond was travelling with another person who also appeared to under the influence.
Police said there was only minor to the vehicles.
This is the second time Coleman was involved in a car accident since he was elected.
The Tribune story took a very straightforward, news approach. It is a trimmed-down story with the essential information. It starts with a "who" lead, which makes sense in this case because the mayor is who makes this a story. The story gives the reader very little information about the drunk driver or the accident. It mostly explains the incident in plain language and closes off by saying everyone is okay. In contrast, the Press story could seem superfluous. It includes much more detailed information about the accident, adds more quotes from police, and provides a story of another time Mayor Coleman was hit while driving. I liked the Press's attention to detail. One thing I don't understand is why Raymond is referred to as an alleged drunk driver. It said she was charged with drunk driving and registered a .26 blood alcohol level. I'm not sure why alleged is included.