Benjamin Trip, the man convicted of drunk driving after crashing his car through the window of Art By The Sea, has been discharged from the Navy.
Commander Wilson Trumper confirmed the news in a letter to Mike and Linda Geers, owners of Art By The Sea. In the letter, Trumper makes it clear that the Navy was disappointed by the unremorseful attitude Trip adopted since the incident, reflected in his desire to maintain a not guilty plea up until the last moment.
Trumper also expressed frustration that despite already accruing two DIC convictions, Trip maintained an attitude that ensured he acquired another. Consequently, senior Navy personnel were of the opinion Trip was a recidivist whose behaviour they could not change. This view certainly matched that of the trial Judge, whose sentencing of Trip clearly reflected his view that Trip’s punishment needed to take into consideration Trip’s inability to appreciate the seriousness of his predicament.
Trip was banned from driving indefinitely, fined, ordered to attend alcohol counselling classes, given supervision and 120 hours community service.