Have you ever heard a story that was so crazy that there was zero chance
it was made up? They happen, and DUI arrests are no exception. Fortunately,
when someone becomes a part of one of these stories, we can all learn
from their mistake and avoid becoming a story of our own in the future.
Here are a few valuable lessons we can learn from some of the strangest
DUI arrest stories you’ll ever hear.
You Will Be Arrested, Even If You’re Honest
Law enforcement officers have zero tolerance for driving under the influence:
if you’re over the legal limit you will be arrested. While many
people think honesty is the key to getting off easy, one Wisconsin woman
found out the hard way that that’s not how things go. Mary Strey
called 911 to report a drunk driver: herself. While it was extremely civil
and spirited of her to be upfront and honest about her conduct, officers
still had no choice but to take her into custody and charge her with driving
under the influence when her breathalyzer test revealed a blood alcohol
content level that was more than double the legal limit. Lesson learned:
you will be arrested if you drive drunk, even if you’re honest with
law enforcement about it.
Ride with a Designated Driver
A couple once went out to dinner with their teenage son and enjoyed a bottle
of wine between the two of them. However, once they polished off the bottle,
they realized they were too drunk to get behind the wheel. With multiple
drunk driving convictions between the two of them, they did what any responsible
person should do, ask someone else to drive. Unfortunately, the person
they asked was their 13 year old son.
Officers eventually found the vehicle stopped in the middle of a major
roadway because the young boy became frightened and refused to drive the
car any further. Apparently the couple had given him no help in the task
because they were too busy making out in the back seat. So while it’s
smart to ride with a designated driver, make sure the driver is also licensed
and can get you home safely.
You Don’t Have to Be Driving a Car to Get a DUI
What many people don’t realize is that DUI charges are not restricted
to cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Just because something isn’t necessarily
a typical motor vehicle doesn’t mean you can’t be charged
with DUI for operating it, especially if you continue to endanger your
own or other people’s safety. Boats, motor scooters, go-karts, and
even off-road vehicles like sand rails, dirt bikes, ATVs, and many more
all require that you operate them while sober.
A Minnesota man found this out the hard way after he was arrested and charged
with driving under the influence after running his motorized La-Z-Boy
sofa into a parked car. You read that right: the man had installed wheels
and an engine onto a couch, and then proceeded to drive it while intoxicated.
Even just last year, a Florida woman found out the hard way that not all
DUIs are even in vehicles when she was arrested and charged with driving
under the influence while on horseback. Someone had spotted the woman
and called the police saying she appeared confused and possibly in danger.
Her breathalyzer test returned a .161 result, more than double Florida’s
legal limit of .08.
If you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence,
call Tidwell Law Group at (205) 800-8596 and let our Birmingham DUI lawyers fight for your rights!