A 45-year-old Florida woman faces drug and child neglect charges after four children jumped out of her car claiming that she was driving under the influence, according to the Gainesville Police Department.
Angela Woodworth, 45, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and four counts of child neglect.
Police report that four 11-year-old children entered a Steak and Shake restaurant after jumping from the vehicle; the children, Woodworth’s son and his three friends, left the car because they were fearful of Woodworth driving while drunk. They appeared visibly upset.
The children said Woodworth had taken them to several locations around town, including a park, a Chinese restaurant, a bowling alley, and a Ruby Tuesday. Woodworth consumed two drinks at the bowling alley and four drinks at Ruby Tuesday.
Woodworth’s son witnessed his mother drink two pitchers of beer and one margarita, according to police. Law enforcement corroborated the purchase of alcoholic beverages by obtaining receipts.
The boys said they wandered the shopping mall unsupervised while Woodworth drank at Ruby Tuesday.
Upon leaving the mall, Woodworth was swerving all over the road and hit a pole. The children jumped out of the vehicle when she stopped the car. All four boys give the same version of the incident.
Woodworth allegedly refused to comply with officers when confronted and obstructed with their investigation when they first spoke to her.
A search of Woodworth’s car revealed around 2 grams of marijuana and a marijuana pipe under the driver’s seat, according to Gainesville Police.
Woodworth admitted to drinking one pitcher of beer at the bowling alley, but denied visiting Ruby Tuesday. The police report stated that Woodworth’s speech was slurred, that she smelled of alcohol, and that she was “obviously intoxicated.”
According to NHTSA data, 239 child passengers (under age 15) were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2012—20 percent of all child traffic deaths. Of those, 52 percent were passengers in a car with the drunk driver.
By John Clark
A diehard Michigan football fan blamed his recent DUI arrest on his favorite team’s poor performance the previous day, according to a report from CBS News.
Sources say the 25-year-old man was reportedly arrested on a drunk driving charge in southern Michigan after police officers sound him lying with his head on his arm inside his 2014 Chevrolet Cruze in the parking lot of a local Sunoco.
When officers asked him to explain why he was intoxicated, the driver claimed he drank too much that night because he was upset that Michigan’s football team had been upset by its rival, Michigan State, by a decisive 29-6 margin the previous.
The man, who explained this to police while he was being booked, also said he was upset with the play calling by the team’s offensive coordinator, Al Borges.
Indeed, the Wolverines turned in a disappointed performance against their rivals last week, but it certainly doesn’t provide an excuse for drunk driving. Nevertheless, this bizarre DUI arrest raises two important notes about drunk driving.
First, many drivers assume that if their car isn’t on the road, they cannot be arrested for drunk driving. This, however, is a common misconception in most states.
Under the DUI laws of most American states, you can be held liable for driving under the influence if you are intoxicated and in control of your vehicle. So, for example, if your car is parked, but your keys in the ignition and you’re in the driver’s seat, you may still be arrested for drunk driving.
The rationale for this law is that, if you’re not in a state of mind conducive to driving, you should not be in any control of a vehicle, regardless of whether the car is actually moving.
In addition, the other lesson to learn from this bizarre is that, if you’re arrested under suspicion for drunk driving, you shouldn’t say anything to the police until you are given a DUI attorney.
Constitutional law protests your right to not incriminate yourself. You do not have any duty to answer questions posed by police officers after your arrest. In fact, during the booking process, it’s best not to say anything at all.
Police technically aren’t supposed to pressure you into offering a confession, but if they do, remember your legal rights. Of course, telling police you were upset about a football loss is one thing. But telling police you drank and drive because of the loss is an entirely different, and self-defeating, decision.
By John Clark
In the latest episode proving some people aren’t fit to raise kids, a Florida woman was arrested last week for driving through a school pickup line while under the influence of alcohol, according to a report from the Orlando Sentinel.
Sources say police officers arrested Lisset Llauro, 39, after she was allegedly driving under the influence and nearly struck another car while picking up her children from Miramar Elementary School in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
According to the local police report, an officer pulled Llauro at 2:40 on a Monday afternoon after she was seen running over plastic lane markers in the school pickup line while driving her 2010 Mercedes-Benz.
When Llauro started speaking to the officer, she reportedly seemed “slightly disoriented” and her speech was slurred. She also told the responding officer that she “didn’t know” why she had driven over the lane markers, although this would seem to be a hard question for anyone to answer.
When pressed if she had been drinking and driving, the mother of three children, ages 14, 12, and 6, claimed that she had not had any drinks and was not under the influence of any drugs.
Despite this claim, though, Llauro reportedly had to hold onto her car door to keep from losing her balance when she stepped out of her car, according to the police report.
While curious onlookers in the school pickup line watched the bizarre scene, the police officer had Llauro conduct a field sobriety test. According to his report, the mother was unsteady on her feet, couldn’t touch the tip of her nose, and was unable to stand on one leg.
In addition, the officer reported smelling the “odor of an alcoholic beverage” while she sat in the back of the police car following her arrest for drunk driving. Llauro later refused to submit to a blood or urine sample, according to court documents.
Interestingly, during her first court appearance, the presiding judge ordered that she be allowed to leave jail with posting bond, but he also noted that it “looks like you’re picking up your kids while you’re impaired by something and that’s very concerning,’ sources say.
The judge also told Llauro that he would have the Florida Department of Children & Families check on the status of her three children, and that she be subjected to random alcohol and drug testing while she awaited trial on her DUI charges.
By John Clark
State officials have turned to odd devices to dissuade drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel before, but a recent Colorado initiative that introduced talking urinals may take the cake.
According to a report from CBS News, Colorado officials have introduced interactive urinal communicators (IUCs) to select bars in the mountainous state.
The devices, which are also called talking urinal cakes, are aimed at educating potential drunk driving by reminding them to be wary of their blood alcohol levels, according to sources.
The talking urinal cakes, which were produced by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), were placed in about 15 bars across the state, including popular watering holes like Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery in Boulder and Vine Street Pub & Brewer in Denver.
The cakes, which speak through the voice of a male narrator, first tell bathroom patrons to “keep a constant stream on this urinal cake and let’s see how drunk you are.”
After the devices measure the relative intoxication of the patrons, and then make cheeky references about their levels of drunkenness, accompanied with comic sound effects. Finally, the urinal cakes tell customers to “make sure you keep winning and get home safe.”
Of course, the talking urinal cakes are a funny response to a serious problem. Sources say Labor Day weekend led to more than 1,300 drunk driving arrests over Labor Day weekend in Colorado in 2012, although this number dipped a bit in 2013, perhaps thanks to initiatives like the IUCs.
According to CDOT spokesperson Emily Wilfong, “our goal with the IUCs is having one last possibility of getting some messaging to someone considering whether or not to drive,” especially men between the ages of 21 and 34, the group of people most likely to die in a DUI crash.
And she believes that CDOT is making a difference in the fight against drunk driving. “We are pleased to see the numbers have decreased, and we do feel enforcement paired with a new education campaign contributed to it,” said Wilfong.
Naturally, not everything is perfect with the talking urinal cakes. Sources say theft has been a problem, as the devices are apparently a collector’s item among Colorado thieves.
In addition, some urinal users have complained to CDOT that the talking urinal cakes are offensive, although others have also expressed gratitude, while some are simply amused by the novel educational tools, according to local reports.
By John Clark
A camera mounted to the dashboard of a police cruiser captured a man dancing, yelling, and telling dirty stories during a field sobriety test, according to a report this week from The Columbus Dispatch.
Sources say 39-year-old Dale Bentley was arrested early Sunday morning for drunk driving and proceeded to shake his hips, kick his legs in the air, and tell a ribald story about a woman he’d just met at a bar to stunned police.
Sadly, the police weren’t particularly impressed by Bentley’s performance, and arrested him for drunk driving after he blew a blood alcohol level of 0.24 percent. The legal limit in Ohio is 0.08 percent.
The wild DUI arrest started around 1 a.m. last Sunday, when a police officer saw Bentley driving 40 mph in a 25 mph zone on a surface road in Gahanna, Ohio, sources say.
But when the officer tried to pull Bentley over, the driver apparently didn’t notice the flashing police lights in his rearview mirror, and sat idly at a red light. When Bentley finally noticed the police officer, he pulled over to the side of the road.
In the police report, the arresting officer claimed that Bentley “looked like a confused deer in headlights” when he stepped out of his car, although this is fairly common for motorists introduced to the bright lights of a police cruiser.
What happened next, though, wasn’t common at all. After failing most of the sobriety test, Bentley made the most of his drunk driving arrest by starting to dance. And sing. And tell stories.
According to the arresting officer, it appeared as if Bentley “felt the whole encounter with police was funny and a real good time,” and was performing for the police camera.
And while Bentley was arrested for a serious crime, even the local police couldn’t help but laugh. “The behavior he displayed was rather unique. Some might say comical,” said Gahanna Sgt. Ethan Moffitt.
Bentley, however, will have to answer to prosecutors for his actions. He was released this week on a $164 bond, after being picked up from the police station by his wife, but the dancing driver is facing charges of drunk driving, speeding, and failing to comply with an officer, according to sources.
When contacted by local reporters, Bentley refused to submit to an interview, but when he was asked if he remembers dancing during the arrest, he offered a short response: “No.”
By John Clark
A Missouri resident was arrested this week for what could be his tenth drunk driving offense, according to a remarkable report this week from KMOV News.
According to sources, 53-year-old Joseph A. Hayes was arrested this week after police caught him driving 40 mph in a 25 mph zone on a residential street in Florissant, Missouri, which is a western suburb of St. Louis.
After police pulled Hayes over, they were suspicious that he was driving under the influence of alcohol, and administered a field sobriety test. The results for Hayes weren’t pretty. As a result of his failed test, Hayes was arrested by police and charged with drunk driving and driving with a revoked license.
Unfortunately, Hayes has grown accustomed to the rigors of field sobriety tests, as he reportedly has been convicted for driving while intoxicated nine previous times.
In addition to this incredible amount of prior DUI arrests, Hayes has also been convicted of driving with a suspended or revoked license on ten separate occasions.
Because of the driver’s inability to drive while sober, the state of Missouri has taken strong measures to keep Hayes off the road, but it appears that Hayes ignores the revocation of his driver’s license and takes to the streets anyways.
According to Andy Haarmann, a police officer in Florissant, Hayes “hasn’t had a valid license in quite some time, but that’s not stopping him.” The police officer also said Hayes “obviously doesn’t care that he’s driving without a license,” and that he “doesn’t care that he’s driving drunk.”
Interestingly, the last arrest for Hayes was back in 2008, so he’s managed to stay out of trouble for a few years.
Nevertheless, Hayes has been in and out of jail for a large portion of his adult life, and is likely going back to jail after his most recent incident.
The Florissant police department claims that it encounters offenders like Hayes with multiple prior DUI convictions about five or six times a year.
And Haarmann notes that these encounters happen “more often than they should.” One night in 2012, for example, police arrested one driver with ten previous DUI offenses and another with seven past convictions.
Of course, the potential punishment rises with each subsequent arrest. Sources indicate that Hayes is eligible for a felony prosecution for his latest DUI arrest because he is considered a “chronic” offender.
Currently, Hayes is being held on a $100,000 bond, which is a large amount for a DUI arrest, but certainly suggests that the Florissant police are taking his tenth DUI very seriously.
By John Clark
This week, police in Fairbanks, Alaska, arrested a 63-year-old man for allegedly driving a motorized shopping cart under the influence of alcohol, according to a report from Fox News.
The man, Merrill Moses, had allegedly stolen cookies and cake mix, too, which adds further intrigue to a remarkable example of the dangers of drunk driving, even if the driver isn’t behind the wheel of a traditional vehicle.
According to reports, an observant employee of a Fairbanks grocery store called local police after seeing Moses drive into the store’s parking lot without paying for his tasty treats.
Sources say the employee was also concerned for the man’s welfare, as he reportedly sped into the parking lot in a dangerous manner.
When police arrived, the employee “was holding onto the handlebars of the cart to keep the suspect from driving any further,” according to Sgt. Bruce Barnette, a member of the Fairbanks Police Department.
The police promptly gave Moses a breathalyzer test, which revealed that his blood alcohol content was an incredible 0.31 percent, nearly four times the legal limit of 0.08 percent, sources report.
The police report also noted that Moses does not appear to be disabled, and was able to stand without assistance when officers asked him to leave his motorized shopping cart.
After his arrest, Moses was charged with drunk driving, shoplifting, and refusing to take an official sobriety test at police headquarters, according to sources. His first hearing is scheduled for August 5.
Interestingly, employees of the grocery store told police Moses had a history of driving motorized shopping carts while apparently drunk. In previous incidents, he allegedly tried to drive over employees who tried to prevent him from shoplifting.
Sources also report that Moses has a lengthy criminal history, and he was previously arrested for a DUI in Delta Junction, Alaska, two years ago.
In addition to the DUI arrest, Moses has also been convicted for criminal trespass, domestic assault, drinking in public, and an open container violation, according to reports.
And while it may seem bizarre that Moses was arrested for DUI in something as seemingly harmless as a motorized shopping cart, DUI laws in many states criminalize drunk driving in any sort of motorized vehicle.
Boats, ATVs, and shopping carts may all provide fodder for a DUI arrest. Moreover, many Americans have been arrested for driving bicycles under the influence of alcohol, although this may not be an offense in every state.
By John Clark
A 64-year-old retired firefighter was arrested and charged with drunk driving this week in Surprise, Arizona, despite the fact that he had a blood alcohol content of 0.00 percent, according to a report from the Huffington Post.
Sources say the driver, Jessie Thornton, claims he was merely being punished for “driving while black,” and he told sources that he plans to file a lawsuit against the Surprise Police Department.
Indeed, this prediction proved true, as Thornton later filed a notice of claim that he would soon sue the police department for violating his civil rights and causing emotional distress. The retiree plans to sue for $500,000, according to sources.
The lawsuit stems from an incident a few months ago when Thornton was charged with a DUI by Surprise police, even though both breathalyzer and blood tests revealed that he did not have a drop of alcohol in his system.
Sources say police pulled Thornton over after the driver crossed a white lane marker, and the responding officer, citing the driver’s bloodshot eyes, insisted he was drunk.
Thornton, however, told the officer that his eyes were simply irritated because he was traveling home from a local health club, where he had exercised in an indoor pool.
He also told officers that his poor performance on a sobriety test was due to chronic knee and hip problems that prevented him from walking smoothly, sources say.
After the police took Thornton to the station, he registered a sterling blood alcohol content of 0.00 percent, and toxicology experts concluded that he showed “no signs of impairment,” according to reports.
During this time, Thornton’s car was impounded, and his license was suspended. In addition, the state told him that he had to attend a DUI class.
After months of prolonged court negotiations, Thornton was finally able to have the charges dropped, but not before his reputation was irreparably damaged, according to the driver.
And this isn’t Thornton’s first trouble with local police. According to Thornton, he has been pulled over by Surprise police on 10 separate occasions and received four tickets for bogus traffic violations.
In the notice of his forthcoming lawsuit, Thornton claims that he has been a victim of racial profiling, and has consistently been abused by local police for four years.
In response to Thornton’s allegations, the Surprise police department refused to talk to sources, but attorneys for the local police will likely have their hands full if Thornton’s unsettling allegations prove to be true.
By John Clark
A 15-year-old resident of Reno, Nevada, was arrested for a DUI this week in addition to a grab bag of several other charges after rolling a vehicle on a state highway, according to a report from the Las Vegas Sun.
Sources say the teenager, whose name has not been released due to his status as a juvenile, was driving a 2005 Ford Focus on a Reno highway when he started veering into the right edge of the roadway.
There is no indication of how the teenager obtained the services of a vehicle, although sources do not say the car had been stolen.
After veering too far to the right, the teenager’s car reportedly hit a drainage culvert, which forced the vehicle into a wild spin, according to sources.
The Ford rolled several times before miraculously coming to a stop on its wheels about 40 feet from the road, sources say. The accident reportedly happened at 6:20 a.m.
When officers arrived at the scene of the accident, which, fortunately, only involved the teenager’s car, the driver showed “several signs of intoxication,” which prompted officers to quickly give a breathalyzer test.
After the teenager failed the breath test, he was reportedly taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released for minor injuries. Of course, after he was released, he was immediately arrested by Reno police.
However, due to his juvenile status, the teenager was taken due to a juvenile detention center, rather than a regular county jail. At the detention center, the driver was charged with drunk driving, possessing alcohol as a minor, failing to maintain a travel lane, and driving with a license or proof of insurance.
At first glance, it may seem odd that a person who was too young to drive could be charged with actual traffic offenses.
When a driver takes to the road, however, despite his age, his is subject to the rules of the road, even if he isn’t aware of them when he takes the wheel.
As a result, this teenager will likely have a lengthy history of driving violations before he is even old enough to be eligible to legally drive.
Remarkably, despite his foolish decision to get drunk and then drive without a license, the teenager did show some foresight by driving with a seat belt on.
According to local police officers, the teenager’s decision to wear a seat belt dramatically reduced his risk of injury, and may have even saved his life.
By John Clark
A man in Rhode Island was arrested for a DUI this week while he was driving to the police station to pick his wife, who had just been arrested for drunk driving, according to a remarkable report from The Providence Journal.
Few details from the evening have been released, but the incredible story shows the dangers of driving drunk, even when drivers feel they have a valid reason to get behind the wheel.
Sources say 43-year-old Stephanie Souza, a resident of Warwick, Rhode Island, was pulled over by police last Friday night after she was seen driving erratically on Route 95 in the small town of Cranston.
After police encountered Souza, they saw several signs that she was intoxicated, so they took her to the state police barracks at Lincoln Woods and administered a blood alcohol test, which revealed that she was indeed drunk.
Once she was at the police station, Souza took the reasonable step of using her allotted phone call to contact her husband. Presumably, she was looking for her husband to bail her out of jail so she didn’t have to spend the night behind bars.
Unfortunately, her husband, 44-year-old Michael Souza, responded dutifully to his wife’s request, despite the fact that he was also drunk when he received the call.
Sources say Michael Souza drove as far as the town of Lincoln before he was stopped by police for what sources call a “motor vehicle violation.”
When police encountered the husband in his car, they detected signs of intoxication, and gave him a blood alcohol test, which revealed that he had been drinking before he got behind the wheel of his car.
To add a bit of symmetry to the whole sordid affair, sources say the husband was also taken to the Lincoln Barracks, where his wife was being detained. Sources do not say whether they encountered each other in jail.
A rough comparison of the couple’s blood alcohol levels at the time of their arrest reveals the husband to be the less responsible driver, although Stephanie Souza certainly isn’t without blame.
Sources say the husband’s blood alcohol level was 0.191 percent, which is more than twice the legal Rhode Island limit of 0.08 percent. Two tests given to the wife showed that she was somewhere between a 0.145 and 0.138 percent, both of which are also well above the legal limit.
The wife is scheduled to be arraigned on December 18, while her husband will be arraigned two weeks later.
By John Clark
A drunk driver in Oregon was rescued by emergency personnel after his pickup truck crashed through a guardrail and left him hanging from an overpass, according to a riveting report from CBS News.
Sources say 38-year-old Matthew Alan Hamilton was driving his truck along a highway in Beaverton, Oregon, when he drunkenly plunged through a guardrail that protected vehicles from a precipitous drop.
After speeding through the guardrail, Hamilton, who fortunately was the only person in his truck, was left hanging vertically over a four-lane highway below the bridge.
The first responders to the scene were from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, and sources say they “safely secured” the vehicle to prevent it from falling into the highway while Hamilton sat nervously in the front seat.
A picture from the scene reveals that Hamilton’s truck seemed to be defying the rules of physics by remaining attached to the bridge, and observers believe Hamilton was very lucky to have only suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Sources say Hamilton had to be pulled from the hanging truck by a fire engine that had a special basket. In addition, the highway below the hanging truck had to be shut down for several hours as highway workers removed the truck.
Despite his remarkable rescue, Hamilton’s troubles are just beginning. Sources say he had a blood alcohol level of 0.50 percent at the time of the crash, which is more than six times the legal limit of 0.08 percent in Oregon.
Immediately after he was rescued, Hamilton performed a field sobriety test for police officers, and apparently failed with flying colors.
According to sources, a brief analysis of Hamilton’s body weight and blood alcohol level suggest that, if he had been drinking for three hours before the crash, he would have had to consume 26 typical beers to reach such an incredible level of drunkenness.
To be fair, Hamilton had probably been drinking for longer than three hours, but such figures can give the reader some idea of how difficult it is to register such a remarkable blood alcohol percentage.
After his arrest, Hamilton was taken to the Washington County Jail, which is probably less frightening than hanging over a four-lane highway in a crippled pickup. He is being held on a $8,260 bond.
The wayward driver has been charged with four counts of probation violation, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, and driving under the influence.
By John Clark
While judges often have to take stern measures to assure that defendants show up for DUI court appearances, they rarely have to worry about the presence of the arresting officers, who are usually expected to testify at DUI trials.
However, a member of the Florida Highway Patrol recently proved this theory wrong after failing to show up for a DUI trial.
John Costa was tossed into a county jail this week for contempt of court after failing to show up for a suspect’s DUI trial, according to a report from the Orlando Sentinel. Costa’s failure to appear at trial forced the judge to dismiss the defendant’s case, according to sources.
Sources say that the 41-year-old state trooper failed to show up for a hearing in Volusia County a couples weeks ago. Court officials reportedly tried to contact Costa, but he failed to answer their phone calls and also refused to answer knocks on his home’s front door.
Thanks to his stubborn refusal to show up for trial, Judge Belle Schumann took the extraordinary step of charging him with contempt of court, and Costa began serving his five-day jail sentence earlier this week.
Interestingly, officials with the Florida Highway Patrol believe this is the first time one of their members has ever been thrown into jail for contempt of court. So Costa has certainly established a dubious milestone.
Sources believe his failure to appear for his trial could potentially end Costa’s tumultuous police career. Costa, however, recently told his supervisors that he plans to resign and leave the state, so he may be spared the indignity of being fired.
Costa’s troubles started last December during a routine drunk driving arrrest on a Florida interstate, according to sources.
On December 3, Costa pulled over Stephanie Halcomb after she sped by his patrol car at the wildly illegal speed of 92 miles per hour.
Costa smelled alcohol on Halcomb’s breath and discovered an empty bottle of 99-proof liquor in her car, so he administered a series of field sobriety tests, which the defendant reportedly failed.
Later, a breath test given to Halcomb revealed that she had a blood alcohol level of 0.192, which is well above the legal limit of 0.08.
This is all to say that prosecutors felt they had a very strong case against Halcomb, who had previously been convicted for a DUI three years earlier, and was facing up to a year in prison if she was convicted for a second DUI.
But Costa’s failure to show at trial left Halcomb off the hook, and court officials are now scrambling to learn why Costa took such an extraordinary step.
By John Clark
After originally arresting a man for causing a fatal DUI accident last week, police in Fresno, California, have switched their tune and arrested the man’s son, according to a report from the Fresno Bee.
Sources say that 50-year-old Mark Marin was originally suspected to be behind the wheel of a vehicle that ran a red light, made a speedy turn, and hit another vehicle that was driving in the opposite direction on a Fresno road.
The accident occurred early last Thursday morning, and after Marin’s vehicle hit the car, it careened into a cinder block wall, according to sources.
Tragically, the impact of the collision killed 27-year-old Morgan Santor, a resident of Fresno who was a passenger in Marin’s car at the time of the accident.
After the accident, the Marins made two very poor decisions. First, Mark Marin reportedly fled from the scene of the accident, which is a serious offense in most states, particularly if the accident involves death or bodily harm to another person.
But Marin, as is typical for people who flee from the scene of a DUI accident, did not elude police for long. Sources say the man was arrested by alert police officers at a nearby home shortly after the accident.
Meanwhile, Marin’s son, Randy, had remained at the scene of the accident, and apparently took full advantage of the opportunity to speak with the police first.
At the scene, Randy Marin allegedly told crash investigators that his father, who has had previous drunk driving incidents, was behind the wheel of the car when the fatal accident occurred.
The 26-year-old’s story was apparently fairly convincing, as police promptly arrested Mark Marin and left his son free to roam the streets of Fresno telling more tall tales.
One day after the arrest, however, police received new information from several witnesses who claimed that Randy Marin, not his father, was driving the car when it struck the cinder block wall.
This testimony proved to be convincing, which led police to arrest Randy Marin Friday night in Los Banos, California. Sources say the son is being held in Fresno County jail on one felony DUI count and one count of vehicular manslaughter.
Interestingly, the father, Mark Marin, will remain in custody indefinitely because he was in violation of a his probation, which certainly explains why he felt compelled to run from the police.
To add further intrigue to the bizarre accident, the other driver involved in the accident, a 24-year-old woman from Fresno, was also arrested for a misdemeanor DUI. She did not, however, pin the accident on an illusory driver.
By John Clark
Most DUI arrests involve the use of traditional forms of alcohol—beer, liquor, or even homemade moonshine. But sometimes the sources of a DUI arrest are more creative.
Take, for example, the case of Jennifer Wilcox, who was arrested for drunk driving last week after allegedly drinking half a bottle of hand sanitizer, according to a befuddled report from the Hartford Courant.
Wilcox, 36, was arrested in Middletown, Connecticut, after allegedly spinning out of control and almost hitting another car that police had pulled over to the side of the road, according to a police report.
When they arrived at her car to help her, police reportedly smelled alcohol on the driver’s breath, and promptly ordered her to perform a field sobriety test, which she failed with flying colors.
Sources say Wilcox’s blood alcohol level was later measured at 0.176 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit. In addition to her DUI charge, Wilcox was also charged with reckless driving, and was later released on a $500 bond.
This would be the end of the story, were it not for the incredibly bizarre circumstances that led to Wilcox’s inebriation in the first place.
After police had arrested her, Wilcox repeatedly denied drinking alcohol that day. She did, however, admit to drinking half a bottle of hand sanitizer, according to a police report.
According to sources, the use of hand sanitizer for recreational purposes has apparently grown into something of a national trend.
Earlier this year, in fact, six teenagers in Los Angeles were treated for alcohol poisoning after drinking large amounts of hand sanitizer, according to a report from NBC Southern California.
Some states have actually asked retailers to stop selling hand sanitizer to people who appear intoxicated, as the combination of liquor and hand sanitizer could prove deadly, according to health officials.
Sources say that hand sanitizer is inexpensive and easily accessible, especially for people under the legal drinking age. In addition, instructions on how to distill alcohol from hand sanitizer are readily available on the Internet.
Of course, Wilcox is well above the legal age limit, so her motivations for drinking hand sanitizer are a bit more mysterious.
One might speculate that hand sanitizer was appealing because it may be cheaper than many forms of alcohol. Or perhaps she was just thirsting for adventure. But other drivers should be warned: Hand sanitizer is fine to keep in the car, but it should only be applied to the hands, as God intended.
By John Clark
An incredible scene occurred last week at a liquor store in suburban Sacramento where a driver, who was later arrested for a felony DUI, careened into the store and was caught on tape, according to a report from the Sacramento Bee.
Sources say that 34-year-old Robert King was “under the influence and actually over the legal limit for the state of California” when he crashed his car through the back wall of a liquor store in the town of Carmichael.
According to customer Joe Stoup, he was waiting in line to make a purchase when, all of a sudden, “the front of the store just exploded and moved about three feet forward.” The impact of the accident apparently “pinned the owner in,” according to Stoup.
The clerk at Kay Bee Liquors, Daljinder Singh, supported this account. In his words, “I had a customer who wanted a pack of cigarettes. I grabbed the cigs, I heard boom.” And surveillance video of the accident does show Singh getting trapped in the rubble as the wall behind him fell.
Remarkably, though, the driver did not stop after he took down the wall. According to Stoup, the driver was “revving his engine, and it seemed like he was going to come forward more,” which caused him and the other customers to fear for their lives.
The driver, however, did not drive forward. He ended up putting his truck into reverse and fleeing the scene of the accident, which raised his drunk driving charge from a possible misdemeanor into a definite felony.
Fortunately for local police, the incredible accident, which was so powerful it threw a heavy freezer two feet in the air, was captured by surveillance cameras that cover every angle of the store.
The video is a bit grainy, but sources say it captures the image of two people sitting inside a white truck. And a close-up still from the video clearly identifies the truck’s license plate, which led to the arrest of King just two hours after the incident.
Now, the owner of the store has to clean up the mess. Sources say that Singh suffered two broken legs during the crash, but he considers himself lucky that he’s “still breathing.”
Indeed, if the shelves over his head had completely collapsed on him, he could have suffered a potentially fatal neck or back injury. As it stands, Singh only has two broken legs, and the story of a lifetime.