Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Dave Matthews Band Driver Charged With Dumping Human Waste

So far, only a big story in the Chicago area. DMB was part of the anti-Bush "Vote for Change" tour last fall. They're known for their commitment to environmental causes.

CHICAGO -- The driver of a tour bus belonging to the Dave Matthews Band was charged this week after he allegedly dumped human waste on a Chicago River tour boat last summer.

He was charged with reckless conduct and discharge of contaminants to cause water pollution in the Aug. 8, 2004, incident, according to Cook County State's Attorney Richard Devine, who spoke at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

Wohl was the bus driver for Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley, Devine said. Each bus had its own driver.
Wohl was accused of pushing a toggle switch over the Kinzie Street Bridge and dumping out 800 pounds of human waste, according to the state's attorney.

The waste landed on an architectural tour boat that was crossing under the bridge below, splashing people on the boat, Devine said.

Wohl turned himself in at the Belmont Area Headquarters and was released on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond.

The defendant did not make any statement about his involvement in the incident when he turned himself in to police, according to Officer Michael Chasen.

The charges against Wohl were the result of an investigation conducted by Chicago Police and the state's attorney's office, and took a long time to complete because of the time it took to contact many of the people on the tour bus "from Maine to Las Vegas," Assistant State's Attorney Robert Egan said.

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