Asked for his license, man instead hands cop a beer

medinaFile this under “How not to handle oneself when investigated for DUI”!


By Casey McNerthney


A drunken man who was stopped by police handed the officer a Miller Lite when asked for his license, police said.

Prosecutors said the behavior by Omar Medina, 26, isn’t surprising. They said he habitually drives without his license and this is his fourth arrest for an alcohol-related driving offense investigation.

He’s been charged with felony DUI.

Shortly before 9 p.m. June 8, police were called about a DUI suspect near the 7-Eleven at 18012 West Valley Highway in Kent. A caller said the driver was erratic as he pulled into the parking lot, and police said three people watched Medina urinating next to his blue Chevrolet car.

“Upon arrival I observed a subject matching the description exit the store holding a plastic sack that contained a can of Miller (Lite),” Detective Matt Lorette wrote in a probable cause document. “The subject denied driving the vehicle and was having difficulty walking.”

Medina denied driving the Chevy and tried to walk away, though he had trouble doing so.

“I asked him for his driver’s license and he handed me the can of Miller Lite,” Lorette wrote.

Lorette eventually gave his identification card, and once he was put in handcuffs police said he was upset.

“Omar became combative and said he was an assassin for the US Government,” Lorette wrote. “While at the jail I advised him of his rights which he said he did not understand (and) said he did not respect my authority/organization.”

Police said Medina then refused to take a breath test and repeated his earlier statements about being a killer. His vehicle did not have an ignition interlock device. Court documents show he has two prior convictions for driving without a required ignition interlock device.

The State Department of Licensing lists Medina as a habitual offender for driving with a suspended license. Court documents show Medina received his first DUI here in 2005 for an incident in Renton. He also has a history of domestic violence and resisting arrest.

He has failed to appear in court at least nine times since 2006.

“He is a grave danger to the community given his obvious inability to not drive when he is impaired,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim wrote in charging documents.

Medina remains in King County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

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