This is one of the most absurd defenses to drunk driving that I’ve ever heard. Not surprisingly, it didn’t work:
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/
A Schaumburg police officer with 28 years on the force resigned after being arrested and charged with misdemeanor DUI after crashing into a tree. Credit to his fellow officers for not giving him a pass.
According to news reports, the officer refused to take a blood, breath or urine test. I wonder what he learned in his 28 years of policing that lead him to make that decision?
You can read the entire story here: https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/schaumburg-police-officer-charged-with-dui-resigns-after-28-years/
This is not a good way to start your NFL career. From Cincinnati.com:
According to online public records, Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Logan Woodside was arrested in Bellevue, Kentucky on June 9 for speeding and operating a motor vehicle under the influence.
Woodside, 23, was detained at 3:46 a.m. in Newport.
A seventh-round pick out of Toledo, Woodside is one of four quarterbacks on the Bengals roster.
The Bellevue police officer wrote the following in Woodside’s citation:
“Officer was sitting in the outside area of UDF when a blue SUV came through the parking lot at a high rate of speed. When I walked up to the vehicle the driver had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, and he had glassy eyes. Subject was able to exit the vehicle OK but had minor troubles counting backward, and with finger dexterity. During the HGN (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus) test subject should clues for impairment. Subject had trouble with his walk and turn, and counting during the test. Subject was unable to complete the one leg stand. Subject took the BA (Blood Alcohol) test after attempting to contact an attorney and declined a test at his own expense. Breath: .112.”
The officer cited Woodside for driving greater than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit.