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OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush once crashed his car into a train and was charged with drunk driving while at Princeton: report

Kwan Wei Kevin Tan   

OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush once crashed his car into a train and was charged with drunk driving while at Princeton: report
  • OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush had some wild days in college at Princeton.
  • Princeton's student newspaper reported that Rush was involved in a "series of arrests" as a student.

OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush had some pretty wild days while studying at Princeton — the submersible inventor got into trouble with the law twice, once for a drug offense and another time for driving while intoxicated.

The Daily Princetonian, the university's student newspaper, wrote in a story published on June 22 that Rush was involved in a "series of arrests" as a student.

When Rush was a freshman, he was arrested for having drugs in his vehicle, according to a 1981 article in the Princetonian.

Rush was driving late at night when he got pulled over by the police, per the student newspaper. The borough police captain, Theodore Lewis, told the outlet that officers saw the drugs "in plain view on the front seat." The Princetonian reported that Rush was arrested on suspicion of possessing a "controlled and deadly substance," issued a complaint summons after his arrest, and later released.

And in another story in the Princetonian published in 1983, the student newspaper reported that Rush was charged "with drunk driving and with driving around a flashing railroad gate." Rush had driven his car into the Dinky, the train that connects the Princeton University campus with Princeton Junction Station, per the student news outlet.

Rush was fondly remembered by his friends at Princeton in an article in the Princeton Alumni Weekly, published on June 26.

Eleanor Moseley Pollnow, whose husband, Charlie Pollnow, was Rush's freshman roommate at Princeton, called Rush "irreplaceable, irrepressible, irreverent and fiercely loyal."

"Stockton chose his path and pursued his dreams with passion. He loved and was loved. He lived the life he wanted — and it was a good life. A big life. We will miss him," Mosely Pollnow wrote in a statement to the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Rush was a descendant of the Declaration of Independence signers Benjamin Rush and Richard Stockton, per Princeton Alumni Weekly. The submersible inventor's father, also named Stockton Rush, was a Princeton alum who graduated in 1953.

The OceanGate CEO told Bloomberg in 2017 that he had earned his money "the old-fashioned way." Rush's grandfather made his fortune in Indonesia working in the oil and gas industry, per Bloomberg.

"I was born into it and then grew it," Rush, who also worked as a venture capitalist, said of his wealth.

Rush married Wendy Weil Rush, who also went to Princeton and graduated in 1984. Weil Rush is descended from two famous Titanic victims, Isidor and Ida Straus.

Rush's life has been a subject of scrutiny after his submersible vanished during a dive to the Titanic shipwreck on June 18.

All five passengers, including Rush, were declared dead after the US Coast Guard said on June 22 that the submersible had likely imploded.

A representative for OceanGate didn't immediately respond to a request for comment sent outside regular business hours.


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