Yuck! Authorities are considering criminal charges against the Dave Matthews Band and one of its tour bus drivers for allegedly dumping human waste in a Chicago river. The Dave Matthews tour bus was observed expelling an estimated 800 pounds of human waste into the Chicago River while crossing over the Kinzie Street Bridge. To make matters worse, the crime was “observed” by a boat filled with 100 passengers on a Chicago architectural tour passing directly under the grated bridge. The incident has been nicknamed “Dave Matthews Poopgate” by Chicago citizens.
Dave Matthews Poop Bus Video Footage
Chicago Police said surveillance footage from nearby buildings shows the Dave Matthews tour bus crossing the grated bridge on August 8, 2004, as the boat passed directly underneath.
“Certainly, this is the bus that discharged this fluid,” Chicago Police Commander Michael Chasen said after reviewing the Dave Matthews poop bus video footage. He said the driver told police he crossed the bridge around the time of the incident but didn’t admit dumping the waste.
The state of Illinois is suing both the Dave Matthews Band and their driver, Stefan Wohl, accusing them of violating state water pollution and public nuisance laws. The lawsuit seeks at least $70,000 in civil penalties. But based on estimates, Dave Matthews net worth is about $300 million and the fine shouldn’t be hard for him to pay off.
The Really Crappy Chicago Architecture Tour
More than 100 people on a Chicago architecture tour were showered with the foul-smelling waste from the Dave Matthews Band tour bus. The attorney general’s office said no one was seriously injured. However, in addition to being covered in human waste, many of the passengers also reportedly got poop in their mouths.
Ironically, one of Dave Matthews’ hit songs is “Don’t Drink the Water.” Wonder if the judge will play that at the trial?
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