DUI Suspect Litters Interstate with Beer Cans
By: Gerri Elder
Drinking and driving don't mix. When you put drugs into the equation, things get even more dangerous and at times, flat-out crazy.
When a driver is suspected of DUI during a more routine traffic stop, he or she is pulled over by police and asked to perform certain tasks in a field sobriety test. The police then deem whether there is enough evidence of whether that suspect has been drinking or doing drugs before deciding whether to make an arrest on suspicion of DUI. Next is a trip down to the station for a breath test or to the lab for a blood test to determine their level of intoxication.
Other cases involving DUI suspects are anything but routine. Such was the case when police recently arrested William Joseph Galloway after a bizarre high speed chase.
Galloway, 26, was reportedly spotted driving at night on October 2nd with no headlights on in Flagler County, Florida. He was on I-95 headed towards St. Johns County. When police attempted to stop him, he led them on a high-speed chase on the interstate, with speeds reaching up to 115 mph along the way. The chase took place during a heavy rain storm, and Galloway allegedly threw beer cans out the window of his truck while weaving in and out of traffic and running from the cops.
At one point during the chase, police officers thought Galloway had a gun in his car when he was seen reaching for his glove compartment.
The chase ended in St. Johns County, Florida, when Galloway lost control of the white truck he was driving and crashed into some trees after spinning off of the interstate.
Officers moved in on the truck after the crash, not knowing if Galloway was injured. He quickly let them know that he was feeling no pain by lifting his beer can and taking a swig while extending his middle finger at them.
During the arrest, Galloway reportedly told the officers that he was going to die "fighting and swinging." Police say that he refused to get out of the truck and tried to reach into his glove compartment again. Since officers had previously thought that he had a gun in there, they acted quickly and one officer shot Galloway with a Taser gun. Galloway continued to resist arrest while being Tasered and told the officers that he would fight them all.
As it turned out, Galloway put up quite a struggle during the arrest but was probably not up to fighting all of the officers. He passed out several times after police removed him from the truck. Rescue workers were called, and Galloway reportedly said that he had been drinking alcohol all day and was on drugs as well. He admitted that he had been using methamphetamine before the high speed chase.
Galloway was evaluated at a local hospital and then jailed in St. Johns County, Florida. He racked up charges for driving under the influence, driving with a suspended or revoked license, aggravated fleeing, attempting to elude and resisting arrest without violence. His bail was set at $8,000.
Oddly enough, Galloway wasn't charged with littering in connection with this incident, which left a trail of beer cans along the interstate. They may have been running low on paper after writing out the police report! Maybe if he is convicted of DUI and the other charges and is sentenced to community service as part of his punishment, he could use the time to clean up the mess he made all over the road.
Police looked for a gun in the truck after this crazy DUI arrest, but did not find one. No one is sure why Galloway kept reaching for the glove compartment during the chase and then again during his arrest.