“I wasn’t drinking while driving, just at stop signs” defense doesn’t work.

This is one of the most absurd defenses to drunk driving that I’ve ever heard.  Not surprisingly, it didn’t work:

From WGN.com:

VERO BEACH, Fla. – A man arrested on suspicion of DUI in Florida had a creative, if ineffective defense.

During the June 27 arrest, 69-year-old Earle Stevens told officers he hadn’t been drinking and driving – he’d only been drinking at “stop signs,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Treasure Coast News.

Police received a 911 call after a McDonald’s drive-thru customer in Vero Beach complained of a driver behind her repeatedly bumping her car.

Indian River County sheriff’s deputies found Stevens still behind the wheel, an open bottle of booze stuffed in a paper bag on the seat next to him, according to the affidavit.

Deputies said Stevens smelled of alcohol and told them he was feeling “pretty good.”

Stevens, who said he has never had a Florida driver’s license, allegedly told deputies that he’d only sip Jim Beam at “stop signs.”

According to the affidavit, “He further explained that he was not drinking while the car was moving and only when he stopped for stop signs and traffic signals.”

Read the whole story here: https://wgntv.com/2018/07/12/man-arrested-for-dui-says-he-wasnt-drinking-while-driving-just-at-stop-signs/

Seahawks Bruce Irvin thinks pretending to drive drunk is a funny April’s Fools gag

IrvinThe Seahawks Bruce Irvin decided to make a funny today.  He tweeted that he made a  bad decision to drive after drinking and apologized to the and his team.  25 minutes later, he tweeted that it was an April Fools prank.

Needless to say, the internet was not amused.  As you can see from the screenshot below, Irvin received a lot of heat on Twitter in response to his gag.

Irvin2What do you think?

A Fishy Story: Wisconsin Man blames “beer-battered” fish for his 10th DUI

From the Wisconsin Rapids Record:

A 75-year-old Friendship man facing a 10th offense drunken driving charge told a deputy he smelled like alcohol because he had just eaten beer-battered fish…

According to the criminal complaint, at 2:27 p.m. Oct. 12, an Adams County deputy saw a vehicle make a U-turn on Highway 13 in Dell Prairie. The deputy followed the vehicle and saw that it had a broken tail lamp. The deputy checked the license plate and learned [John H.] Przybyla owned the vehicle, and he had a revoked driver’s license.

As Przybyla went around a curve in the highway, the deputy saw Przybyla’s vehicle go over the centerline, according to the complaint. He stopped the vehicle.

The deputy asked Przybyla to put out the cigarette Przybyla was smoking. The deputy then noticed an odor of intoxicants coming from Przybyla’s breath, according to the complaint.

When the deputy asked Przybyla how much he had been drinking, Przybyla replied he had not been drinking. Przybyla said he had been at a fish fry on Highway 82 and had eaten beer-battered fish, according to the complaint.

The deputy arrested Przybyla and took him to Moundview Memorial Hospital in Adams. Przybyla refused to take a blood test, stating it was against his religion, according to the complaint. The deputy contacted a court commissioner, who granted a warrant.

Przybyla fought the blood test, and deputies had to restrain Przybyla for hospital staff members to get the blood. The results weren’t available Tuesday, but a preliminary breath test done by the deputy showed a 0.062 blood-alcohol concentration. For Wisconsin residents with three or more drunken driving convictions, the legal limit is 0.02 percent.

Eating breath test print out doesn’t help DUI suspect to escape charges

From a story by Julie McMahon for Syracuse.com:

A man who was pulled over and suspected of drunken driving tried to eat his breathalyzer paperwork, state police said.

Kenneth Desormes, 40, of Greenwich, Connecticut, was pulled over around 5:30 a.m. Sunday after police observed him speeding on Interstate 95 in Westchester County, troopers said.

An officer arrested him after suspecting he had been drinking. The officer brought Desormes to the state police barracks, where he was given a breathalyzer test.

While the results were printing, Desormes grabbed the paperwork and tried to eat it, police said. The results said Desormes had a blood alcohol content of 0.13 percent., police said.

Desormes was charged with the misdemeanors driving while intoxicated, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and third-degree criminal tampering.

Catching up on DUI and other legal stories

drunkasshitI have been busy preparing for a jury trial, other cases plus doing my tax returns, and have been remiss in posting stories (although you can always check my twitter feed for interesting links).  Here are some of the top stories that I have seen recently:

Parrot “rats” out driver to police during traffic stop: “He’s drunk!”

From the New York Daily News:

A Mexican motorist was busted drunken driving after his pet parakeet ratted him out to police.

Guillermo Reyes, 49, was pulled over by traffic officers at a routine alcohol checkpoint in Mexico City last week.

As he got out of his blue Chevy to be tested, cops heard a voice saying: “He’s drunk, he’s drunk.”

At first, they thought someone else was inside the vehicle.

But, on closer inspection, they were stunned to see it was Reyes’ beloved bird turned snitch.

El Universal reports that Reyes was indeed found to be drunk and was subsequently arrested.