Dells Extreme World operator charged in accident smoked pot three days earlier

Posted Tuesday, August 31, 2010 12:30 PM | Contributed by Jeff

The ride operator who accidentally released a Parkland girl on a 100-foot free fall told police he smoked marijuana three days before the incident, according to a detailed police report. But Charles "Chuck" Carnell, 33, denied he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he "blanked out" July 30 and let Teagan Marti, 12, fall to the ground and sustain severe injuries.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 12:36 PM

What a useless article. This is journalism today?

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 12:39 PM

Did he consume alcohol the week prior? Or, God forbid, take Vicodin sometime in the last 2 years? I sure hope he didn't have any sex in the decade leading up to this.


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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 12:40 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Yeah. I'm with the non-issue crowd on this one.


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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 12:41 PM
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Hey, I drank over the weekend. It's Tuesday, I hope I'm OK to drive.


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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 12:49 PM
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NO! YOU ALL DON'T UNDERSTAND! HE SMOKED POT THREE DAYS BEFORE THIS GIRL GOT INJURED! SMOKED!!! POT!!! INJURED!!!

INJURED!


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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:03 PM
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I remember the last time I smoked pot. I was out of it for months! No, wait...I can't remember the last time I smoked pot...its all really hazy.


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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:04 PM
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Whoa, do I have to be the defender of reporters everywhere again? That he got toked up at all in recent history is absolutely relevant to his character and suitability as someone who literally takes peoples' lives in his hands. Don't be so flippant. ;)


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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:11 PM

The point isn't that it's not at all relevant, but that it's no more relevant than whether or not he got wasted over the prior weekend, or took Vicodin (or any other substance that temporarily impairs your brain) recently.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:11 PM
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I dunno. If he'd gotten drunk three days prior, would that have made the news? Would that be a testament to his character (in this situation)?

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:13 PM

No, because Reefer Madness!!!

In all seriousness, yeah, it would be a testament to his character, I suppose. But so would pulling an all-nighter the night prior, or anything that's going to impact your neurological behavior. It's just annoying and irresponsible that the reporter chose to focus on the pot smoking.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:15 PM
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Really? This is somehow necessary for a news article?

God help the reporters. Next thing you know, they'll write an article about how someone had deep-fried Oreos a year before a heart attack.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:15 PM
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Probably not. But, getting drunk isn't against the law. If he got pulled over for drunk driving the previous weekend, it probably would be.


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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:17 PM
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It certainly is relevant if Dells has a drug use policy for their ride operators.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:18 PM
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LOL, I love Reefer Madness.

For the record, I don't smoke pot, never have, never intend on doing it. And yes, to me, it does speak as to someone's character if they smoke it (and I'll leave it at that) or not.

I used to work with someone in a job, and he admitted to me that the only reason he went to work there was that it was the only place in town that didn't require a drug test, and he didn't want to give up smoking pot. He was actually a great supervisor and a good guy. He never came to work high, and I never felt unsafe knowing he smoked pot because I knew that he didn't come to work like that.

And yes, I'm sure that legally, since this particular person admitted to smoking pot AND blanking out, that it's important to the investigation. Still, I think this news is a non-issue as a stand alone article.


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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:18 PM

But Jason, the legality of what he did isn't be questioned (I don't think), but rather the role his actions may have played in the incident.


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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:24 PM
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Actually, I appreciated this article over the others because it painted a better picture of how things went down and the operator's reaction to it all. Prior to this the reporting left me thinking he was rather apathetic about it. This indicates he reacted much the way I would expect a reasonable person to react in that situation.

As far as the pot goes, I consider it irrelevant if the police do. They apparently don't think it needs to be a factor in the investigation.


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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:32 PM
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Yeah, the article makes me feel bad for the dude. He had a moment. Happens to all of us sometimes. It's just that most of us aren't dangling a vibrant, whole-life-ahead-of-her, preteen girl 100 feet in the air waiting to drop her.

I can't figure out for the life of me why this ride doesn't have some sort of safety feature to help prevent accidents in the case of these 'moments' happening.


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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:42 PM
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Don't ya just hate it when newspapers report the truth. ;)


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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:44 PM
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If he's found something that would keep him "high" for over 72 hours, then he needs to quit working at Extreme World and go into "marketing" that product/substance... ;)

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