Driving on 4 Flat Tires: “Is Something Wrong, Officer?”

driving-with-four-flat-tires-duiMaybe you read about a winner of the Miss Washington pageant who had to give up her crown in 2016 because she was arrested for DUI after she was pulled over for driving with two flat tires.

Recently Florida was the scene of an event twice as dramatic. A motorist was arrested in Port Lucie for driving with four flat tires. The woman was pulled over not just for the flats, but for driving under 10 miles an hour in a 40 mph zone.

What makes the story a bit scary is that the woman in question did not think anything was wrong. If you’ve ever driven with one flat tire, much less four, you know that it does not feel normal.

Alcohol, however, dulls the senses. It dulls the hearing, so she might not have heard the rims clanging on the asphalt. It diminishes concentration, which is why she might not have noticed that the 2012 Honda CR-V was a bit harder to steer than usual.

That’s scary because if she was oblivious to the effects of driving with four flat tires, she would have been oblivious to any car or pedestrian she hit as well.

Fortunately, no cars or people were hit. But the fact remains that it’s possible to get in a car and drive despite a level of impairment that is almost incapacitating. That is the reason that ignition interlocks are the preferred response to drunk driving. It’s far too easy to drive a car drunk. Having an ignition interlock makes it impossible, which helps protect society from repeat drunk drivers.

Florida should require ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenses, as 31 states now do. It’s up to concerned citizens to make this happen. The drunk drivers aren’t listening – as we’ve just seen, they can’t even hear.

Man Gets DUI on California Freeway – On a Horse

 

California-dui-on-a-horseRecently the California Highway Patrol made one of the thousands of DUI arrests it makes each year. What was different was that the driver was on a horse at the time.

A man rode his horse onto State Route 91 in Long Beach. Upon his fairly immediate arrest  he was tested and found to be  more than twice over the legal .08 limit, with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.21.

The charge was riding a horse under the influence: RHUI?

In California, you are technically allowed to ride an animal on a highway, believe it or not. California Motor Vehicle Code 21050 says:

Every person riding or driving an animal upon a highway has all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.

Those duties include not obstructing traffic. Since any horse will block traffic on a fast-moving Los Angeles freeway, it’s safe to say that horses are unwelcome. Apart from that, riders must obey the rules of the road, which include signaling turns and stops, obeying signs, and of course – not being drunk. The driver in this case was in clear violation.

Hence the CHP’s tweet:

And that is as it should be. A drunk horse rider is a danger to himself and others in most circumstances, and even more on State Route 91. For that reason, the rider will face some sort of DUI-related charges.

Note: Los Angeles is one of four California counties which requires ignition interlocks – devices preventing a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking – after a DUI.

Anyone know how to put an ignition interlock on a horse?

No Mystery When It Comes To Drunk Driving In Washington State

drunk driving in Washington stateIt was a dark and stormy night. Police in Tacoma, Washington were on duty when they were called out to a disturbance in a quiet subdivision. What they found was a mystery: an ignition interlock device was torn apart and lay in pieces. Ripped from the dash of a vehicle owned by a man convicted of drunk driving in Washington, the driver was mystified as to what happened.

It sounds like the beginning of an ominous tale with no clear explanation, but police in Washington state know what may seem like a mystery isn’t usually a mystery at all. The jeep with the dismantled ignition interlock was sitting in a driveway, and the driver was causing a disturbance by yelling as he walked around his car.

It turns out that the man had just been to a party and he wanted to drive home. He admitted to the police officers that he had been drinking, listing a Jagerbomb as one of his beverages of choice, and he’d used marijuana. Although his memory wasn’t clear after that, he believed he’d arrived at his vehicle to find his ignition interlock ripped off the dash and in pieces.

Police didn’t buy his explanation. They asked if he realized it was a crime to tamper with his ignition interlock after he was already convicted of drunk driving in Washington state, and he acknowledged that yes, it was. That’s when they arrested him on that charge, and his dismantled jeep was towed away.

If you are convicted of tampering with an ignition interlock in Washington state, you will be charged with a gross misdemeanor. That’s separate from your original charge of drunk driving.

There’s no real mystery to drunk driving and anything that happens because of it. Alcohol impairs your ability to think, react, and yes, even after one drink, drive a car. Under the influence, you could decide to make crazy choices like tearing your ignition interlock out of the dash. As this man has shown, that’s only going to lead to more trouble for you.

Underage Drinking So Intense, The Air At The Party Registered On Breathalyzer

underage drinkingIt’s a forgone conclusion that university parties will be host to underage drinking. What you’d hope is that the underage drinking wouldn’t be so out of control that the air in the room itself could register on a breathalyzer device.

It’s hard to believe but it’s true: a party held off-campus at American University in Bethesda, Maryland was packed to the rafters with underage drinkers. They were attending what’s known as “Tequila Tuesday,” and the alcohol was flowing steadily.

When police arrived, they found people locked in the bathroom and others jumping out of the second story window. They charged the six people hosting the party, and between the six of them they received 126 counts of providing alcohol to minors.

That’s bad enough, but the underage drinking isn’t the most shocking thing about this party; it’s the space it was hosted in. When police pulled out the breathalyzer to test the occupants in the house, the air in the house registered a .01.

Having a .01 breathalyzer reading isn’t overly significant if you’re a person blowing into the breathalyzer, but the air in the house would have to be overloaded with alcohol fumes in order to register on the device.

There would be two major concerns for the police who responded to the call about the party: one, they would be worried about underage drinking and alcohol poisoning, and two, they’d be on the lookout for underage drinking drivers.

The State of Maryland has a zero-tolerance law for drunk drivers under the age of 21, and that means if they are caught driving with even a .01 percent blood alcohol content (BAC), they could have their driver’s license suspended.

This is one party that will definitely go down in Maryland record books, and it’s safe to say both police and university officials won’t want a repeat of it anytime soon.

Florida Drunk Drivers Don’t Normally Call Themselves In

Florida drunk driversPolice catch Florida drunk drivers all the time. Anyone who is inclined to get behind the wheel drunk has a strong likelihood of getting caught as soon as they hit the open road, and if police don’t stop these people, other drivers may call them in too.

There’s also the possibility that the drunk driver will call himself in. Or, at least, that’s what happened on New Year’s Eve in Winter Haven, Florida. It’s hard to believe, but this drunk driver decided to pick up the phone and call the police dispatch when he couldn’t figure out where he was.

The audio recording was shared on the Winter Haven Police Department’s Facebook page. The drunk driver said that he was driving but was too drunk and didn’t know where he was. He said he was driving a red truck, and while the dispatcher directed him to pull over to the side of the road, he said he’s parked near the police department but so far, nothing was happening.

It’s strange enough that he called and that he pulled over and was waiting for the police, but as he waited he changed his mind and told the dispatcher, ‘I think I am going to get something to eat, they can just catch up with me later.’

Long story short, he tried to leave his location but the dispatcher managed to zero in on him and police arrived. They found him on the wrong side of the road, without a seat belt, and with previous convictions for Florida DUI as well as drug charges.

Like other Florida drunk drivers, he’s been charged with DUI and will face criminal charges in court. Unlike other drunk drivers in the state, he managed to get caught for drunk driving without getting pulled over at a checkpoint, without getting pulled over for driving erratically, and without getting called in by a concerned citizen. He did it all on his own.

In this case the police department was happy no one was hurt, and if you follow their Facebook page, you can tell they thought it was pretty funny. That’s understandable, because most Florida DUI arrests don’t end that way.

Like Strange Drunk Driving Stories? Try Burger King On For Size

strange drunk driving burger kingThere were a lot of strange drunk driving cases in 2017, and many of them involved McDonald’s drive-thru restaurants. It seems like the place to be when you want a snack after a night out, and people don’t mind driving drunk to get there.

But one man in Galesburg, Illinois decided he wanted Burger King instead of McDonalds after a night out, and he wanted to do a little identity theft too. This strange drunk driving story began when he showed up at the restaurant just before one am. Witnesses promptly called him into the police after he was spotted driving erratically in the parking lot. Police arrived just after he almost hit a pedestrian and crashed his car.

When they asked him what his name was, he said it was “Burger King.” In addition to him giving offering up such an odd and obvious name, police noted that he smelt of alcohol and had glassy eyes.

Unlike the real Burger King, this driver wasn’t happy to assist anyone. He refused to cooperate with the police, and when medical assistance arrived, he used racial slurs to try to get rid of them. He was so steadfast in his refusal to cooperate that police had to pick him up and carry him to the police station, and he promised them that Donald Trump was coming to beat them up.

This strange drunk driving case doesn’t end with this man being jailed either. He was sent to the hospital for assessment and he told the doctors that another doctor was coming to give him a million dollars. When he was sent back to jail he told the police officers that they were Satan worshipers.

All in all, it was clear that the man who claimed to be Burger King was actually just really drunk. He was charged with driving under the influence in Illinois, reckless driving, and resisting arrest.

It’s another strange drunk driving story in a year of strange drunk driving stories, and it goes to show what some people will do when they are caught drunk behind the wheel.

Yes, That’s Santa Arresting The Abominable Snowman For DUI In Oregon

arrested for dui in oregon The weather outside is frightful, and so are the conditions on the roads in Oregon state. That’s where, according a news release by St.Helens Police Department, a strange white creature that goes by the name of Abominable T. Snowman was arrested for DUI in Oregon.

It sounds like a tall tale, but it’s not a plot you’ll see in any holiday movie. Abominable T. Snowman was arrested for drunk driving by an honorary police officer named Officer Claus. Apparently Officer Claus is an elusive officer who only appears during the busiest drunk driving season of the year. This year he managed to nab his prime suspect after he made the poor choice to drive while over the legal limit.

He admitted to driving home after a party where he imbibed too many glasses of peppermint schnapps, and Mr.Snowman was “arrested” on charges of DUI in Oregon. He was also charged with reckless driving. When asked what his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was at the time of arrest, Officer Claus stated that he was .16, double the legal limit.

arrested for DUI in OregonMr.Snowman was fingerprinted and sent to cool his heels in a jail cell, and the last anyone heard of him he was waiting for his court date to appear on DUI charges. Officer Claus made a stern statement in response to the arrest: “Mr. Snowman is very lucky that more serious property damage or injury to a pedestrian or fellow driver did not occur. However, his holiday season will be significantly less cheery this year as he faces potential jail time and fines. We hope that he can be a lesson to anyone that may consider drinking and driving during the holidays.”

Whether you’ve been drinking alcohol, using marijuana, or have ingested some other type of drug, it shouldn’t take the example of a mythical creature like Mr.Snowman to stop you from getting behind the wheel while impaired. That’s why the moral to this story is simple: the best way to stay safe during the most dangerous time of the year is to always drive sober.

Would You Like A Drunk Driving Charge With That Transit Sign?

drunk driving charge New Jersey There are many reasons why alcohol and driving don’t mix. Alcohol can give you a feeling of courage and invincibility. It can affect your judgement and your hand-eye coordination. It can also limit your vision and make you unaware that you’re speeding or swerving. Because of the effect of alcohol, what started as a quick drive can end in a drunk driving charge. Or, in the case of a New Jersey woman, a drunk driving charge plus the pesky issue of a transit sign sticking out of the roof of her car.

Police were surprised to see a vehicle with excess cargo driving down busy Route 46 in South Hackensack, New Jersey. She was pulled over, and the arresting officer asked her why she was driving with a large transit sign sticking out of her roof. The interesting part? She didn’t even realize it was there.

Apparently, she had been driving for a while and the sign had, somehow and without her noticing, become stuck in the vehicle. Police took video when she was pulled over, and it’s hard to understand how it would be possible not to notice the sign. It’s positioned through the sun roof and impaled in the back seat of the car.

It didn’t take long for police to realize she was driving under the influence, and she was arrested on a drunk driving charge as well as careless driving. In New Jersey, that charge is going to result in her spending some time in court. If she’s convicted she could spend up to 30 days in jail, lose her driver’s license for up to a year, and she’ll pay up to $500 in fines and even more in other fees.

She may also be required to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle she drives. New Jersey law states that any first-time offender with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or higher be required to install and use an interlock. An ignition interlock—a device that requires you to blow into it to monitor your blood alcohol content, is the only way to ensure this driver doesn’t drive drunk again.

Let’s hope this offender is required to drive with an interlock, because there’s no telling what type of sign she’ll bring home or what she’ll hit the next time she drives drunk.

Another Week In Florida, Another Weird Florida DUI

Florida DUIThere’s just something about the sunshine state that brings Florida drunk drivers out in droves. The news is, as usual, full of weird Florida DUI stories.

St.Lucie County, Florida

A lawnmower should not be used as a mode of transportation. It’s a lot of fun to ride one, but it’s real purpose is to cut your grass and then get put away until that grass needs cutting again. It’s clear that a man from St.Lucie feels as though his ride on lawnmower is so much more than a garden tool, because he was stopped on a public road driving his red Snapper lawnmower.

He was weaving all over the road, carrying a case of Budweiser, and when police stopped him, was found to be three times the legal limit of .08. You can be charged with a Florida DUI if you’re driving a lawnmower, so this man had to leave his Snapper behind and head off to jail.

Polk City, Florida

It’s fine to drive while double the legal limit if you’re on a horse, right? A Polk City, Florida resident found out the hard way that riding a horse down a busy highway will get attention, and after several people called in the rider because she appeared to be drunk, she was arrested for Florida DUI with a BAC of .161.

Usually when someone drinks and drives they grab their car keys, get behind the wheel, and head off into the great unknown. That’s the way it normally happens, and that might be why some people charged with Florida DUI don’t seem to understand that you can still be arrested if you’re not in a car.

Boats, ride on lawnmowers, golf carts, and yes, horses, are all considered modes of transport and if you’re drinking and driving on one, you can be charged. It’s a good thing to keep in mind, especially in a state with as many DUI arrests as Florida.

He Ordered The Hashbrowns, Got Charged With Drunk Driving Instead

charged with drunk driving If you’ve heard about the angry hashbrown guy who was charged with drunk driving, you’re not alone. The man from Sydney, Australia with a strong desire for McDonald’s hashbrowns made headlines around the world. But what he might not have realized is that getting arrested for drunk driving at McDonalds is pretty common.

It happened early one Saturday morning, long before most people get up for the day. He was in the McDonalds drive-through trying to order chicken nuggets, but nuggets aren’t on the breakfast menu at five am. He was so mad he did laps in the parking lot for a few minutes, and when he finally attempted the drive-through again, he ordered 200 hundred hashbrowns.

They probably didn’t ask him if he wanted fries with that, becuase that’s not really a common order. Instead of getting to work in the kitchen, the staff decided to skip his request and call the police instead. When they arrived the found him in the parking lot he was without hashbrowns, but he did have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.175. That’s double the legal limit in the United States, and it’s considered a high BAC in Australia too.

Although he might be the first person charged with drunk driving who also charged up over $200 worth of hashbrowns, he’s not the first person caught driving drunk thanks to the drive-through staff. Fast food restaurants like McDonalds always see more than fair share of drunk drivers.

One woman in Indianapolis crashed into a pole in the McDonald’s drive-through, then decided to kick one of the police officers who arrived to arrest her. Another man was recently charged for drunk driving at a McDonald’s in New Zealand. Just like the other two McDonald’s offenders, he was drunk and had a high BAC. He also hit a sign as he attempted to work his way through the drive-through.

It may be the burgers and hashbrowns that attract people to McDonald’s in the early morning hours, but if you’re drunk in the drive-through, you’re going to have to forgo you fast food binge and head straight to jail.  

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