I guess you could make a getaway on the James River but any law enforcement with so much as an RIB could easily thwart it. Richmond CA makes more sense but still it was a pooched caper.
The trip to Harvard looks worse from the left coast. Is there a Harvard - London out there somewhere?
Early AM boarding of a boat? I knew a guy who did that regularly to save him the DWI from trying to drive home from a bar near a boatyard.
When I was a young teen, a family friend was an attorney in our city. He lived far enough out of the city that he had horses, and would ride a horse to his local bar. The horse knew the way home, so the guy had no worries about arriving safely, regardless of his condition.