The Oregon teenager accused of urinating into a Portland reservoir, causing the city to dump more than 38 million gallons of treated water, has denied the allegations: "I didn't piss in the fucking water," Dallas Swonger said in an interview with Vocativ.
The 18-year-old admits he peed near the reservoir, just not into it. From Vocativ:
Eager to shred with some friends, he and two buddies went to skateboard at Mount Tabor Park after hours, which is home to three of the city's five uncovered drinking water reservoirs – and a handful of excellent hill runs. After bombing down the park's western slope, nature began to call Swonger. It was around 1 a.m. and the three friends, along with two other people they met in the park, were near one of the reservoirs.
"I was like, 'Dudes I have to piss so bad,'" Swonger said. "So I just went over to the wall [of the reservoir].I leaned up against the wall and pissed on it. Right there on the wall, dude. I don't know else how to describe it."
City officials disagree. "When you see the video, he's leaning right up because he has to get his little wee wee right up to the iron bars," Portland Water Bureau administrator David Shaff told the Oregonian. "There's really no doubt what he's doing."
The teen also weighed in on the city's decision to flush the 38 million gallons. "Yeah, it's fucking retarded dude," he said. "Like, how they can do that? How can they be like, 'Yeah, we're gonna flush all that water.' Dude, I've seen dead birds in there. During the summer time I've see hella dead animals in there. Like dead squirrels and shit. I mean, really, dude?"
Guilty or not, Swonger says he now regrets the entire incident.
"Everybody thinks it's funny and a joke and I'm going to be on the news," he said. "It's no fuckin' joke, dude. I don't want people thinkin' that Dallas is dumb ass because he pissed in the fuckin' water. In our drinking water. Yeah, that's fucking awesome. I mean, wouldn't you be pissed about that?"