Police have arrested Gary Joseph Monaco who failed to show up at a court hearing on Monday where he was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter and drunk driving.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office tweeted on Wednesday morning that Monaco had been arrested: "Gary Monaco, who was on the lam after being found guilty of manslaughter, is in custody. Thanks @BendCityPolice!"
Monaco had claimed he was not impaired by drugs or alcohol and blamed the problem on what his lawyer called a "death wobble."
The shimmying problem, noted on certain Ford truck models, including the 2006 F-350 Monaco was driving, is believed to result from underinflated tires, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
So, darn. He drove his truck over a woman and killed her, blamed it on the vehicle because he couldn't be bothered to keep the tires properly inflated, then took off to the central part of the state rather than show up in court. Why they let him walk in the first place is nothing short of amazing, as he's had four DUII convictions since 1990. He's been driving impaired for nearly a quarter of a century, but they just said "Be sure to show up for court".
Is this a great justice system or what?