Strange DUI Round-Up For August
By: Chris Kramer
DUI-related incidents can vary widely, as intoxicated individuals can in some cases have a tendency to make decisions that are not necessarily in their best interest.
This month is no exception, as the slate of DUI cases that catch the eye features a DUI checkpoint that yielded not a drunk driver but a stabbing victim, an internal affairs police officer who crashed her car and now faces DUI charges, and a cop who narrowly averted tragedy when he was hit by a drunk driver.
California DUI Checkpoint Turns Serious
In Vallejo, California DUI checkpoint was meant to catch drunk drivers. What police found instead was a man in need of emergency medical help.
A man pulled up to the regularly scheduled DUI checkpoint at around 7 p.m. in a newer model Camaro, but police noticed that something was not right. When he got to the checkpoint, officers saw that he was bleeding, and it turned out that the 55-year-old man had suffered at least one stab wound.
Sgt. Don Hendershot, who was at the scene, said that the victim was fading in and out of consciousness. Sgt. Hendershot didn’t elaborate with the Times-Herald on where the man was stabbed or how many times.
The man told police that he was giving someone a ride when they stabbed him. The address he gave police didn’t exist. The stabbing victim was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Kansas City Police Officer in DUI Wreck
In Kansas City, the Kansas City Star is reporting that an internal affairs detective faces investigation after her arrest over the weekend. Josette Young was involved in a wreck of her unmarked police car over the weekend, and now she is facing impaired driving charges.
The wreck took place a bit before midnight on a Friday night. Witnesses told police that Young’s car crossed over the median before skidding through the lanes going in the opposite direction and coming to a stop on the shoulder.
Police reportedly smelled alcohol on Young’s breath. She refused to take any sort of sobriety tests, even closing her eyes when police attempted to track her eye movements. She also refused to answer when a police officer asked her if she understood the Miranda rights that were read to her.
Young was arrested for DUI and careless driving. She was off-duty but on call at the time of the accident.
DUI Officer Avoids Accident
In Louisville, Kentucky, a police officer narrowly avoided disaster when an alleged drunk driver plowed into the back of his marked cruiser as he was standing on the side of the road conducting a traffic stop.
Maria Guadalupe Ramirez Pena faces drunk driving charges, as well as charges of wanton endangerment, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and more. She crashed her Ford Explorer into the cruiser as the officer spoke to another driver. Both Pena and the other driver experienced minor injuries.
According to police, it could have been much worse, said WLKY in the article.
“Every time an officer gets out of the car, you are put at risk,” said Lt. Kelly Jones of Metro Police.
“Fortunately this time it turned out to be minor injuries."