Crazy DUI Arrests!
By: Mike Stetzer
In the not-so-wonderful world of DUI arrests sometimes we hear about drunk driving traffic stops that are, well, just not completely normal. Sure, standard procedures are usually followed during the DUI stops, to the extent they are possible, but these suspects and situations are a little unusual, odd and even can be called crazy.
This is a round up of those crazy DUI arrests. Although DUI is a very serious offense, sometimes you can't help but smirk at some of the absurdities that police officers deal with when they pull over drunk drivers.
Crazy DUI Updates for September 11, 2008
McDonalds Complaint Leads to DUI Arrest
Ingrid Urenovitch was arrested for Pennsylvania DUI after returning to a McDonald's restaurant to complain about her order. The Pocono Record reported that Urenovitch went through the drive through at McDonald's at 5:30 p.m. and purchased food. At about 7:30 p.m. she was back in line at the drive through, this time to complain about her order. She reportedly argued with the manager of the restaurant until the police were called. The cops determined that Urenovitch had taken too much of her prescription medication and arrested her for suspicion of Pennsylvania DUI.
DUI Charge for Man after Alleged Attack and Chase
Police in Towamensing Township, Pennsylvania arrested Eric C. Cardone for assault, stalking and Pennsylvania DUI after he reportedly punched a woman, threw her to the ground and then followed her to the local state police barracks. The Morning Call reported that Cardone hit Tara M. Good in the face several times, grabbed her by the neck and threw her down. Good tried to get away from Cardone and drove to the state police barracks. Cardone reportedly chased her all the way there. Police determined that he was under the influence of alcohol during the chase and tacked on a charge of Pennsylvania DUI to the assault and stalking charges.
Son Blows the Whistle on DUI Mom
An 11-year-old boy reportedly called police after being forced to blow into the ignition interlock device in his mother's car so she could drive. The boy's mother, Genevieve Sullivan, has been arrested for New Mexico DUI twice this year. Sullivan is also on probation and required to avoid drugs and alcohol. She was ordered by the court to have the ignition interlock device installed in her car, but has apparently used her son in an effort to continue drinking and driving.
Going Postal DUI
Heather Jayne Karnehm, 45, is facing a felony child neglect charge in addition to Florida DUI with property damage and Florida DUI alcohol or drugs second offense charges. According to the Naples Daily News, Karnehm had a child passenger when she backed her truck into another truck in the post office parking lot. When police arrived, Karnehm reportedly mumbled and her speech was slurred. She was disoriented and had to hold onto a deputy to avoid falling when she got out of the truck. Karnehm was unable to perform field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest.
CMU Professor DUI Threepeat
A man who is a public policy professor and former dean at Carnegie Mellon University was charged with Pennsylvania DUI three times in eight days, according to WPXI News. Jeffrey Hunker, 51, was first arrested for drinking and driving on August 17th and two more DUI arrests followed over the next week. Pittsburgh police reported that Hunker's blood alcohol content was at least twice the legal limit of .08 percent in one of the incidents. The Post-Gazette reported that prior to one of his DUI arrests, Hunker drove through a neighbor's yard and smashed into another car and a house.
Crazy DUI Updates for August 28, 2008
DUI and Fire Hydrants Do Not Mix
In Encanto, a man was arrested for California DUI after he reportedly ran over a fire hydrant and ended up in the yard of a nearby home. The Union-Tribune reported that the man lost control of his vehicle at about 1:30 a.m. and ended up striking the fire hydrant. He was injured in the accident and taken to a local hospital for treatment. After being treated, he was booked into San Diego County Jail for California DUI.
Seeing Double DUI
In Sacramento, California, the mother of twin girls was arrested for DUI with her daughters in the car. CBS13 News reported that Brenda Super, 49, registered a blood alcohol content of .34 percent on a breath test. She was reportedly found slumped over the steering wheel of her car while it was parked at a curb. The twin girls were sitting in the back seats of the car and an open bottle of vodka was found in the front seat. Super was arrested for California DUI and also has another California DUI case pending from an arrest in June.
Things Not to Do DUI
The first thing not to do while drunk is of course, drive. One of the other main things most people avoid is bumping into a police officer. Ferris Edmund Hickey managed to wrap both into one DUI arrest in Ocean City, Maryland. Delmarva News reported that Hickey ran into the back of a police car as it waited to turn at a traffic signal. Two officers who were in the police car were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. Hickey wasn't injured. He failed field sobriety tests and later registered a BAC of over .16 percent during a breath test. He was charged with Maryland DUI, driving while impaired, failure to control speed and negligent driving.
Blind, Drunk and Driving
In France, a blind journalist and his passenger friend were arrested for DUI. Police say that when the car was pulled over, the blind man was driving the car and the owner of the car sat in the passenger's seat, also too drunk to drive. News.com.au reported that the car was traveling at a very low rate of speed and was zig-zagging all over the road when it caught the officer's attention. The passenger kept one hand on the handbrake and the other on the steering wheel, but neither seemed to make much difference. Both men were arrested for DUI and given breath tests. Each man had more than twice the legal blood alcohol content for driving.
What Not To Do DUI
In Tampa, Florida, a man recently drove through a school zone with a blood alcohol content of more than four times the legal limit, according to a report by News4Jax. Police say that Michael Trotter Shaffer was pulled over by a deputy who was monitoring traffic at an elementary school. When he was given breath tests, Shaffer registered a blood alcohol content measured to be .376 and .367 percent, more than four and a half times the legal limit. In addition to Florida DUI, Shaffer was also charged with battery of a law enforcement officer and obstructing or opposing an officer.
Crazy DUI Updates for August 21, 2008
Two for One DUI
Police in Peekskill, New York say that two men who were driving the same truck crashed it twice on the same street. First, one of the men was driving the truck and crashed into a parked car. When he was unable to pull the truck free from the car he had hit, his friend got behind the wheel. The second man was able to free the truck, but didn't drive it far before smashing into another parked car down the street. According to an Associated Press report, both men were charged with New York DUI and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.
Michigan DUI Arrest by Cop on a Segway
While it might not be hard to believe that a person riding a Segway could be arrested for DUI, it is pretty incredible to learn of a police officer on a Segway making a DUI arrest. However, according to an Associated Press report, that's exactly what happened in Jackson, Michigan. An 18-year-old woman was arrested and charged with Michigan DUI by a police officer on a Segway. The woman was reportedly driving at least 40 miles per hour when the Segway cop first spotted her. Since a Segway can only travel at a maximum speed of about 12.5 miles per hour, the cop had to wait until the woman stopped the car to catch up to her. After being caught and failing field sobriety tests, she was arrested for DUI. Since the officer could not haul her in on the Segway, he radioed for a patrol car to take her to jail.
Some People Never Learn DUI
A man from Dalton, Georgia was arrested for Georgia DUI twice in 24 hours, according to a report by the Daily Citizen. Sean M. Jones, 19, was first pulled over for "laying drags" on a Tuesday night. After admitting to the officer that he had consumed alcohol, he was arrested for Georgia DUI. By Wednesday night, he was out of jail and back to "laying drags". He was pulled over again and although his eyes were reportedly bloodshot, he told the officer that he had not been drinking. After failing field sobriety tests, he was arrested and charged with a second offense Georgia DUI and underage consumption. Jones apparently refused to take a breath test, but later agreed to a blood test to determine his blood alcohol content. The results of that test are pending.
Lively Magistrate Arrested for DUI
Judge Michael Smith, a magistrate in Anderson County, South Carolina was recently arrested for South Carolina DUI, according to the Independent Mail. Smith was reportedly driving on the wrong side of the road near midnight without the benefit of headlights or air in two of his tires. Concerned motorists called the police and a South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper was dispatched. After almost being involved in a head-on crash with Smith, the trooper was able to get him stopped. Smith then reportedly failed a field sobriety test and was charged with South Carolina DUI. He refused to take a breath test to determine his blood alcohol content.
Smith also made local headlines in June after he was charged with assault and battery after an incident at a sports bar. He was suspended from his magistrate's post pending the outcome of the investigation in that case.
Crazy DUI Updates for August 5, 2008
Double Crash Leads to California DUI
The Bakersfield Californian reported that a driver was recently arrested for California DUI after leading police on a six-mile pursuit. Police officers from the Bakersfield Police Department responded to a call about a possible drunken driver in a white Dodge Neon. While they were on their way, Gumaro Lopez reportedly hit another vehicle twice while he was attempting to flee the area. When the cops caught up to Lopez, he was placed under arrest for California DUI, hit and run, and resisting arrest.
Florida DUI after Crashing into Police Cruiser
A 26-year-old woman was arrested for Florida DUI in Tampa after reportedly driving her vehicle into a stopped sheriff's cruiser, knocking it more than 90 feet into an intersection. Yvonna Szczeblewska was driving a 2003 Volkswagen when she ran into the back of the Ford Crown Victoria police car that was stopped at a traffic light. Szczeblewska was charged with Florida DUI with property damage and was later released from jail after posting $500 bail. Police say that she refused to take a breath test to determine her blood alcohol content, according to the Tampa Tribune.
DUI after Driving into a Warehouse
A man was arrested and charged with Florida DUI in Port Richey after he reportedly slammed his SUV into a warehouse and then drove away. The Tampa Tribune reported that Joseph Charles Apostolou is accused of driving under the influence of drugs. He was charged with first-offense Florida DUI, DUI with property damage, and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. Police say that before Apostolou hit the warehouse, he rear-ended a pickup, and after hitting the warehouse, he hit a parked van, backed into a tree and ran off the road. When questioned by police, Apostolou denied being in any crashes and accused the officer of making it all up. He refused to take any sobriety tests, but after his arrest, admitted to taking two clonazepam pills, according to the police report.
Tasty Wite-Out DUI
A DUI suspect in Nebraska thought he could out-smart a breath test by drinking wite-out from an officer's desk while he was left in an office alone. He apparently did not realize that he was being recorded by a video camera, or that the wite-out would give him mime-white lips. When police returned to the room to take him to have a breath test, they definitely noticed that he had been drinking the correction fluid and took him to the hospital for a blood draw to determine his blood alcohol content, which turned out to be .28 percent, according to the Omaha World Herald. He was charged with Nebraska DUI.
Crazy DUI Updates for July 24, 2008
Connecticut DUI after Poor Parking Attempt
Many people have trouble with parallel parking, so that in itself would not have tipped off police that Catherine Medeiros was intoxicated. It probably was the distance of the car from the curb that gave her away. Police in West Hartford responded to a report of a vehicle parked in the middle of an intersection and located Medeiros, who said that she was just shopping for beer and cigarettes. West Hartford News reported that police noticed that Medeiros was slurring her words and her breath smelled of alcohol when they were talking to her. She failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for Connecticut DUI. On a breath test at police headquarters, Medeiros registered a blood alcohol content of more than three times the legal limit of .08 percent.
Nebraska DUI with a Machete
Kenyan Buckman, 39, was pulled over by police in Lincoln, Nebraska after they noticed his car swerving on the road. When police searched his car, they found a 25-inch machete inside. The Lincoln Police Department says that even if he had not been intoxicated or carrying a concealed weapon, Buckman should not have been driving because his license had been revoked for 15 years. He now faces a third Nebraska DUI and charges for negligent driving and carrying a concealed weapon, according to a report by KOLN KGIN News.
Kentucky DUI for Man Who Drove Into a House
Tracy Miller, 19, was arrested for Kentucky DUI and driving without a license after he lost control of his car and ended up crashing into a house. Kentucky State Police say that Miller's car went through a parking lot and went airborne after hitting an embankment, then hit a parked car before slamming into the side of a house. The home suffered major damage, and Miller was arrested and taken to Jackson County Jail, according to a WYMT News report.
Kentucky DUI with Infant
A man from London, Kentucky was arrested for suspicion of Kentucky DUI with a six-month-old baby in the vehicle. According to a report by the Times Tribune, Anthony D. Allen, 21, and Megan Seymour, 18, had a yellow powdered substance around their noses when the car that Allen was driving was pulled over by the police for driving erratically. Officer Mike Taylor reported that when he pulled the car over, Allen was very loud and aggressive and failed field sobriety tests. The baby that was in the car with the couple was taken into protective custody by Social Services and later placed in the care of a relative. Allen was charged with Kentucky DUI, driving on a suspended license, failure to wear a seat belt, endangering a minor, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, failure to register transfer of a vehicle and failure to maintain insurance. Seymour was also arrested and charged with public intoxication of a controlled substance, endangering a minor and failure to buckle up.
Man Shows Up Drunk at DUI Hearing
Hector Ramos decided to have a few drinks to loosen up before he made his appearance in court to face Pennsylvania DUI charges. Ramos was arrested for Pennsylvania DUI in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania for driving under the influence of cocaine and alcohol, according to the Daily Record. Police officer Michael Jefferies said that when Ramos recently appeared in court for his preliminary DUI hearing "he smelled." Ramos was given a breath test and registered a blood alcohol content of .164 percent and was taken into custody on a public drunkenness charge. The preliminary hearing on the Pennsylvania DUI charge was rescheduled.
Crazy DUI Updates for July 1, 2008
DUI Charges Not So Elusive
A man driving a Ford Escort in Upper Bucks County Pennsylvania led police on a high speed chase that ended with three blown tires, a Pennsylvania DUI arrest and other criminal charges. Stephen R. Keyser first ran a red light and got the attention of the police, then stepped on the gas when they attempted to pull him over. During the chase, Keyser turned into a Target store parking lot and raced around before getting back on the highway in an attempt to get away from the cops. He then pulled into a shopping center and slammed into and drove over two curbs causing three of his tires to go flat. After being caught, Keyser resisted arrest and police then found a bag of what appeared to be marijuana, four pipes, a scale and an open bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey in his car, according to a report by the Intelligencer. He was booked into Bucks County Prison on charges of Pennsylvania DUI, fleeing and eluding, drug offenses and resisting arrest.
Two North Dakota DUI Arrests in 5 Days
In North Dakota, WDAY News reported that Patrick Helland was going the wrong way on the interstate when he struck a car with a man, woman and 4-year-old child inside. The family that Helland hit was not injured in the crash, but Helland had to be air-lifted to a hospital. When his car was searched, police found a 5-day-old DUI citation. He was issued a second North Dakota DUI citation after the accident.
Firebug DUI in Colorado
A man was arrested for Colorado DUI and other charges after he allegedly started a string of fires along Interstate 70. The fire department in Grand Junction, Colorado began responding to calls of fires in the grass and yards bordering the interstate stretching for about two miles. Police caught up with James Oliver who was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck that was on fire. According to the KJCT8 News report, police say that Oliver was intoxicated and likely struck a guard rail which lit the truck on fire, and kept right on driving. It took the fire department a couple of hours to put out the fires that Oliver had started, but in the meantime, he was arrested and charged with Colorado DUI and multiple other charges.
DUI Reunites Father and Son
Jeffrey Lowell Marcum was driving when he came upon a road check. Police stopped him because of what appeared to be an expired sticker and asked him to step out of his vehicle. Marcum refused and would not turn off the car's engine, so police officers attempted to remove him from the vehicle. Rather than be forcibly removed from the vehicle, Marcum accelerated and the car lurched forward and injured two officers. He then fled the scene on foot and locked himself inside a convenience store. Police finally apprehended Marcum and charged him with West Virginia DUI, fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing with no vehicle, fraudulent motor vehicle inspection, driving with a revoked license for West Virginia DUI, obstructing, assault on a police officer and two counts of malicious assault on a police officer. Williamston News reported that he was booked into Southwestern Regional Jail where his son, Jeffery Thomas Marcum, currently resides.
Denial - Not Just a River in Egypt
When St. Lucie County sheriff's deputies stopped Willie Earl Dekle Jr. after seeing him swerving all over the road, he insisted that he had not been drinking. TCPalm reported that although Dekle had an open container of alcohol in his vehicle and spoke with slurred speech, he continued to deny that he was intoxicated. Police say that when he exited his vehicle, he swayed in small, circular motions and seemed to have a problem maintaining his balance, but refused to take field sobriety tests. He then told police that he was not driving and that his wife was going to take the SUV home for him. Next, he told police that his son was driving, then flipped back to the story that his wife had been driving. The problem was that neither his son, nor his wife was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of Dekle's Florida DUI arrest.
Crazy DUI Updates for June 12, 2008
DUI Suspect Insists He Is A FBI Agent and a Dog
When police in Chesapeake, Virginia pulled Kyle Hagans over for suspicion of DUI, he had a tall tale to tell them. Hagans told the officers that he was an FBI agent in pursuit of a suspect, according to a report by the Virginian-Pilot. As he was arrested and being transported to jail, Hagans gave police two false names and repeatedly told them that they were in big trouble. After he was arrested for Virginia DUI, Hagans reportedly told police that he was going to behave like a dog and proceeded to raise his leg and urinate. He then kicked the puddle of urine with his foot to splash it on an officer. All in all, after police determined his real identity, Hagans was charged with second-offense DUI, impersonating a law enforcement agent and using a false identity. He was sentenced to 100 days in jail where he will wait to see if he will be indicted on an additional charge of felony assault and battery on a police officer.
Elderly DUI Suspect Crashes into Police Car
The Mercury News reported that a 71-year-old woman from Concord, California was recently arrested for California DUI after she crashed into the back of a police patrol car early one morning. No one was injured in the accident and the woman was released to her relatives after being given chemical tests to determine her blood alcohol content. The officer said that the woman displayed symptoms of intoxication after the accident.
The Kiss of DUI
When Gianna Vigliotti, 17, was recently pulled over for suspicion of New York DUI, she told police that she had not been drinking, according to reports by Fox News and NewsDay. The New York teen explained that the officers most likely smelled alcohol on her breath because she had been making out with a boy who was drunk. Four bottles of beer were found under the passenger seat of Vigliotti's car and she was arrested for New York DUI. Her blood alcohol content was determined to be nearly twice the legal limit of .08 percent. She appeared in court the following day and pleaded not guilty to DUI. Her DUI lawyer said that the publicity of her arrest and the excuse she gave to officers was both embarrassing and demeaning.
South Carolina DUI and a Really Clean Keyboard
A 19-year-old girl was charged with felony South Carolina DUI after she caused an accident with injuries because she was allegedly huffing keyboard cleaner while driving, according to a WYFF4 News report. Heather Hewitt was reportedly inhaling the vapors from a can of keyboard cleaner when she crashed into the back of a pickup truck and then into a tree, causing two of her passengers to become injured.
Ex-Wife "Causes" DUI
Mark Oliver was allegedly drunk driving when he picked up his daughter from his ex-wife for visitation. Oliver says that his ex-wife set him up to be arrested for Ohio DUI because she called police minutes after he had shown up in the parking lot where he met her to pick up their child. According to a report by the Enquirer, police caught up with Oliver and noted that he smelled of alcohol. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for Ohio DUI and also charged with endangering a child. His bond was set at $12,500.
Crazy DUI Updates for May 29, 2008
Stripper Blames Alabama DUI on Job
The Birmingham News reported that a stripper has filed a lawsuit against the Alabama strip club where she worked, claiming that it is the club's fault that she had a wreck on the way home from work last year. Patsy Hamaker alleges in her lawsuit that as a stripper at The Furnace strip club, her job included encouraging customers to buy alcoholic drinks for her. She claims that the managers of the club allowed her to leave work and drive drunk on October 17, resulting in a car accident, serious injury and an Alabama DUI. Hamaker's lawsuit seeks compensation for the injuries she sustained in the DUI wreck and punitive damages.
Shades of Nick Hogan DUI
In a scene reminiscent of the Nick Hogan car crash last year, an 18-year-old man from York, Pennsylvania faces charges including Pennsylvania DUI after state police allegedly found him under the influence while drag racing. According to a report by the Daily Record, a Pennsylvania state trooper saw two vehicles drag racing and pulled them over. Luckily the cars were stopped before a tragic accident, such as the one that Nick Hogan was involved in, happened. During the police investigation, one of the drivers, Travis Hoffman, was found to be driving under the influence of controlled substances and was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
DUI Bribe Unsuccessful
In San Bruno, California, a driver was so desperate to avoid a California DUI charge that his passenger allegedly attempted to bribe the police officer with a stack of cash to let him go. The officer did not accept the alleged bribe and the passenger was charged with felony bribery. The driver was not charged with California DUI because he passed both field sobriety tests and a breath test. A blood alcohol test showed his blood alcohol content to be a legal .06 percent.
Soggy Illinois DUI
A woman who drove her car into a retention pond in Aurora was charged with Illinois DUI after she was fished out of the water and transported to the hospital. The Beacon News reported that Tammy Jones, 42, had driven her car into the pond at 5:15 p.m. and fire and police crews were called to the scene. The car was completely submerged in the water, but Jones was rescued in time to save her life.
DUI Suspect Turned Vandal
A man who faces charges of Pennsylvania DUI in York, Pennsylvania is now accused of vandalizing the same sign twice by spray painting the words "cop killers" on it. The sign is located in front of the West York municipal building and has been repainted twice aver the vandalism. Donald Dubbs was arrested after the first time the sign was vandalized and released, only to go back and vandalize the same sign a second time with the same "cop killers" message. According to a report by WGAL News, Dubbs admitted to vandalizing the sign both times and said that he did it because of the Pennsylvania DUI charges that he faces. There was also an incident involving vandalism at the office of the judge who is presiding over Dubbs' Pennsylvania DUI case and police are investigating to determine if Dubbs is responsible.
Knock, Knock. Who's There? Florida DUI
A man in Port St. Lucie faces child neglect, Florida DUI and other charges after he crashed his car into a house. The Palm Beach Post reported that John Paul Newman, 26, initially refused medical attention after crashing into the house and a full bottle of alcohol was found propped up against the corner of the home near the car. Police reportedly witnessed Newman stumbling around the crash scene and attempting to hide an orange pill bottle under the branches of a palm tree that was knocked down in the accident. Newman was heard saying that he had consumed several shots of alcohol that day, but reported to police that he had consumed six or seven beers. The pill bottle that was found was labeled as an antibiotic, but Newman admitted that the pills inside were Xanax that he did not have a prescription for and that he enjoyed crushing them and snorting them up his nose. He then decided that he wanted medical treatment and was taken to the hospital. He was charged with Florida DUI, tampering with evidence, child neglect and possession of Xanax without a prescription.
Crazy DUI Updates for May 15, 2008
Let's Not Be Obvious DUI
In Framingham, two young men were arrested for Massachusetts DUI after they went through a McDonald's drive-thru at 2 a.m. with open containers of beer and vodka. The mother of the 17-year-old man who was driving the SUV says that he did not have permission to drive the vehicle. Michael Younge was reported seen drinking alcohol while behind the wheel and Marvette Joyner, 20, was in the passenger's seat with a mostly empty bottle of Grey Good vodka between his legs. Police say that both men appeared intoxicated, according to a report by the MetroWest Daily News.
This Makes Sense DUI
A man from Portsmouth provided absolute proof that alcohol impairs judgment when he showed up at court to fight a $72 traffic ticket with a blood alcohol content of nearly three times the legal limit and was charged with New Hampshire DUI. Richard Erikson appeared in District Court on April 29 to dispute a ticket for failure to yield that he had received in August. When Erikson's case was called at 9 a.m., the prosecutor informed the court that he smelled of alcohol and appeared to be impaired. The judge informed Erikson that the court could not take a plea or hear evidence from him if he was intoxicated. He was given the option of either submitting to a breath test or being held for contempt of court. Sea Coast Online reported that Erikson opted to take the breath test and registered 0.21 percent blood alcohol content.
Blind, Drunk and Behind the Wheel
In Estonia, police have once again caught Kristjan Gradolf, 20, driving drunk. Gradolf, who is blind, has become a notorious drunk driver in the city of Tartu, according to a report by RIA Novosti. Last year he was arrested for DUI three times, but the hefty fines and jail time seem to do nothing to deter him. After his first DUI arrest, he only admitted to police that he is blind after he could not locate the tube to complete a breath test. For his latest DUI arrest, Gradolf will face criminal charges as a repeat offender. The owner of the car Gradolf was driving was reportedly a passenger in the vehicle at the time of his arrest and was giving him directions.
DUI and Pregnancy Do Not Mix
Nicole Marie Vanneil of Lutz, Florida was eight months pregnant when she was recently arrested for Florida DUI. The 22-year-old expectant mother had previously been arrested two other times for DUI. A Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy spotted Vanneil swerving and crossing the center line in front of him and pulled her over. The officer reportedly smelled marijuana smoke when he approached the vehicle and called for assistance from another officer so that a field sobriety test could be conducted. According to a report by Investigation Discovery, Vanneil failed the field sobriety test and refused blood and urine tests. A search of Vanneil's car turned up hidden marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Vanneil was then arrested for Florida DUI, possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Vanneil was reportedly outraged when she learned that the dash cam video of her sobriety test and arrest was released to the media.
Another Mother DUI
At around the same time that Vanneil was arrested for Florida DUI, a pregnant woman in Arizona who was driving a stolen vehicle led police on a chase and crashed into two undercover police vehicles before her arrest on multiple charges, including Arizona DUI. Angelina Sanchez, 25, was six months pregnant at the time of the incident and was taken to a hospital for evaluation after her arrest. Police suspect that she was under the influence of drugs and charged her with two charges of aggravated assault, DUI, hit and run, possession of a stolen vehicle and felony flight, according to a report by the Detroit Free Press.
Crazy DUI Updates for May 1, 2008
Two DUI Arrests within Minutes
In Australia, a 34-year-old man was stopped for a random breath test and registered a blood alcohol content of 0.175 percent. The police ticketed him, gave him an order to appear in court and suspended his license. The man then reportedly got back into his vehicle and drove a short distance before being stopped by police and charged with a second DUI, according to News.com.au.
Florida DUI with a Splash
A St. Petersburg couple was recently awakened by a loud crash and splash outside their home at around 11:30 p.m. When Bill Haggerty ran outside to see what had happened, he saw that a woman had crashed her SUV into their yard and the back half of the vehicle was submerged in the swimming pool. Haggarty called 911 and attempted to offer assistance to the driver. He reported that the woman appeared unharmed and opened the door of the vehicle and fell into the water. After getting out of the water, the woman said she wanted to leave and said that she could get her vehicle out of the pool. She then ran away on foot. Police later tracked down Nicole Renee Carlin, 36, after she had tried to enter a house nearby. Carlin was arrested and charged with trespassing, Florida DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and DUI with property damage, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
A Nasty DUI Escape Plan
In Ohio, a driver suspected of DUI fled from police through the sewer system after crashing into a school bus. Chad Nye, 28, was arrested for Ohio DUI after police chased him underground for three blocks and three more blocks above the ground, according to the Toledo Blade. Nye collided with the school bus with 29 students on board at approximately 7:30 a.m. and the bus driver was cited for failure to yield. Nye was estimated to have been traveling 45 to 50 mph in the 25 mph zone. Although technically not at fault in the accident, Nye bolted from the scene on foot and ignored officers' commands to stop. He then ducked into a sewer drain pipe with a half of foot of standing water in it. An unlucky officer followed him through the sewer and back out to the surface and continued to chase him until he surrendered. Nye was treated at a local hospital and released to the police and booked for Ohio DUI, failure to comply, driving under suspension, leaving the scene of an injury accident, obstruction of official business, and having an open container of alcohol.
Drunk Friend Tries To Pick Up DUI Suspect
An officer in Parker, Colorado was attempting to release a DUI suspect from custody after a man showed up at the police department to pick her up. Before releasing the woman, the officer took a good look at her friend and noticed that he smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes. The man admitted that he had driven to the police station and said that he had consumed a beer about an hour earlier. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for Colorado DUI, according to a report taken from a police blotter by Joseph Kirchmer and posted at YourHub.com.
Drunk Driver, 24, Banned from Driving for the 15th Time
In England, a driver who has been previously banned from driving 14 times was banned for the 15th time and sent to prison after forcing a police car onto the sidewalk. When police caught up with John Cottam, 24, he failed a breath test and was found to be driving with a blood alcohol content of twice the legal limit. Cottam, who had 87 previous offenses on his criminal record, pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, DUI, having no insurance and possession of a wrap of crack cocaine found on him when he was arrested. He was sentenced to 10 months in prison, according to the Lancashire Evening Post.
Crazy DUI Updates for April 17, 2008
Man Relieves Himself in Patrol Car after DUI Arrest
Pennsylvania state police recently arrested a man for Pennsylvania DUI after he was seen speeding and driving recklessly on Interstate 80. After police placed Robert Heller, 33, in the patrol car, he reportedly intentionally urinated on himself and onto the rear seat of the vehicle according to the Pocono Record. In addition to DUI, Heller now faces charges of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
Woman Charged with DUI after Wrecking the Park
In Albany, New York, a woman was charged with DUI after she drove through a park in Dougherty County and caused thousands of dollars worth of damage. WALB News reported that Sonjolette Ellis, 24, crashed through three fences and a building at Robert Cross Park at around 4 a.m. Despite driving her car into two picnic tables, two poles, a water spigot and a pavilion, she kept going and smashed into another pavilion and a still another fence. Still seemingly unfazed by it all, Ellis kept driving until her car finally broke down about a half a mile away where police caught up with her and she was arrested for DUI.
Woman Arrives At School to Pick Up Child While Intoxicated
In Pennsylvania, 41-year-old Sherry Ambolino was charged with Pennsylvania DUI after police say that she arrived at her child's school at 9:30 a.m. completely intoxicated with four other children in the car with her. Ambolino was reportedly babysitting the other children when her child became sick at school. When she arrived at the school to pick up her child, a worker at the school smelled a strong odor of alcohol and called the police. Ambolino reportedly failed a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest. She faces both DUI and child endangerment charges. The four children who were in her minivan were not harmed and were returned to their parents. NBC 10 News reported that this was not Abbolino's first Pennsylvania DUI arrest. She crashed into a stop sign on February 29 and was charged with DUI in connection with the accident.
Nurse Tasered during DUI Arrest
In Florida, police got down to business and used a Taser gun on a woman in Cape Coral during a DUI traffic stop. Elizabeth Anne Bell, a 46-year-old nurse in Cape Coral, was behind the wheel of a Land Rover and had been reportedly driving erratically when she was pulled over by police. According to the Ft. Meyers News Press, the officer smelled alcohol on Bell's breath but she refused to get out of her vehicle and take a field sobriety test. When another officer arrived on the scene, Bell exited her vehicle and failed the field sobriety test. When Officer Christopher Gugliotta attempted to put her in the patrol car, he says that Bell resisted and began kicking him. At that point, the other officer, Jamie Bungard, shot Bell with a Taser gun. She was charged with Florida DUI and resisting an officer.
Drunken Learner Nabbed Going Almost Twice the Speed Limit
In New Zealand, police recently noticed a car traveling almost twice the posted speed limit at around 5 a.m. and pulled it over. The 22-year-old man behind the wheel was driving on a learners permit and was intoxicated. The inspection sticker on his car was also expired, according to NewsTalkZB.
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Crazy 5 mph Chase Ends in DUI
In Tennessee, police say that David F. Vanhousin, 33, was so impaired by drugs that he did not realize that police cars were following him as he drove 30 miles under the speed limit. The Tennessean reported that Vanhousin crashed into a woman's car at an intersection and kept going. A few minutes later another driver called police to point a possible drunk driver. Police spotted the white Suburban that Vanhousin was driving and got behind him. As the Suburban slowly traveled down the road, the officer got directly behind the vehicle and turned on his emergency lights. Vanhousin didn't immediately stop and led police on an erratic low-speed chase before sideswiping another vehicle and eventually coming to a stop. Police found that the vehicle that Vanhousin was driving was stolen and there was crack cocaine inside. Vanhousin was arrested and charged with various offenses, including DUI.
No Pants DUI
In Yonkers, New York, police were in for a surprise when a 22-year-old woman was found standing on the street near her car, nude from the waist down. Angelica Buchanan told police that she had removed her pants because she needed to use the restroom. She was charged with DUI, unlicensed operation of a vehicle and marijuana possession. WTOP News reported that Buchanan was so intoxicated that she had to be hospitalized.
Drunk Mom Tries to Hide Keys
In the UK, a mother of three was reportedly driving drunk with two of he children in the car. The Peterlee Mail reports that when police approached Jennifer Lowery, 38, she hid her car keys in a very intimate location in order to try to convince the cops that she had not been driving. Lowery was taken to the police station and strip searched and the keys to her vehicle were found. Lowery's stepdaughter had called police to report her for drunk driving. By the time the cops located her she had parked the car and tried to convince them that she had not been driving. She hid the keys because someone had told her that she could not be arrested for drunk driving if she did not have keys to the vehicle. Her plan failed and she was arrested for her second DUI.
Drunken Driver Bites Grandma
David Aaron Wilson, 25, has pleaded guilty to attacking and biting his own grandmother in violation of a no contact order and a second-degree felony DUI charge. Charges against Wilson for witness tampering, aggravated assault and two other misdemeanors were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea. Wilson's 68-year-old grandmother said that prior to the attack, her grandson had watched a movie featuring a cannibalistic serial killer and that he had become "Hannibal." Wilson will be sentenced in May.
Doctor Says Alcohol Wash Caused DUI
A doctor in New Zealand says that he was arrested for DUI because an alcohol hand wash at work penetrated his kidneys. Dr. Ian Denholm was charged with DUI last July and admitted that he had consumed two glasses of wine before driving. However, he claims that the amount of alcohol in the two glasses of wine was not enough to put him over the legal limit for driving. Dr. Denholm claims that his kidneys absorbed the alcohol used in the hand-sanitizing rub during a busy day in the operating room. On a breath test, Dr. Denholm registered a blood alcohol content that was 50 percent higher than the legal limit for driving in New Zealand. Dr. Denholm's day in court has been postponed while prosecutors gather expert opinions on the possibility that Dr. Denholm's claim could be true.
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Mother-Daughter Drunk Driving
A 14-year-old girl and her 32-year-old mother were involved in a car crash in Washington. The 14-year-old girl was driving the car when it overturned and injured both she and her mother. The Washington State Patrol responded to the scene and found that both the girl and her mother had been drinking. The Seattle Times reported that the teen and her mother were uncooperative with police officers and refused to give their names and ages before they were taken to the hospital. The 14-year-old girl now faces a Washington DUI charge.
A Prickly DUI Checkpoint
At a DUI breath test checkpoint, police in New Zealand had to deal with a prickly character. While traffic was stopped, a porky hedgehog waddled across the road. Officers escorted him to the side of the road and out of harm's way before they resumed checking drivers. Police say that about 80 drivers were stopped at the checkpoint for breath tests and four were arrested for DUI. One of the four people who were arrested was a woman who registered a blood alcohol content (BAC) reading of almost three times the legal limit for driving after telling the police that she had only consumed two drinks. The Dominion Post reports that the hedgehog was not required to submit to a breath test.
Own Worst Enemy DUI
One morning at around 12:30 am firefighters in Clay Township, Pennsylvania responded to reports of a crashed vehicle. When they arrived at the scene they found a group of people standing around a hand-dug well, looking down into it. According to WHP21 News, Melissa Herr crashed her SUV and when she was told that help had been called for her, she got out of the vehicle and tried to run away. As she tried to run she fell 30 feet down into the well and had no choice but to stay put until help arrived. She reportedly will face a Pennsylvania DUI charge.
Just In Time
Franciszek Chudzik, 72, is lucky to be alive. He was charged with Illinois DUI after his minivan stalled on the tracks and was demolished by two Metra trains. Just in the nick of time, several Good Samaritans pulled him from his vehicle. When police arrived at the scene, they noticed that Chudzik appeared intoxicated. On a breath test he registered higher than the legal limit of .08 and was charged with two counts of Illinois DUI and trespassing on railroad property. WMAQ News reported that no one was injured in the crash but that several Metra trains were delayed or cancelled that day.
Extra, Extra, DUI
In Washington County, Utah, an officer recently made an interesting discovery during a traffic stop. When the officer approached the vehicle he noticed that there was a full-sized coin operated newspaper stand in the back seat. The driver admitted that he had stolen the Desert News newspaper stand from a location in Beaver Dam, Arizona. He told the officer that he intended to sell it to someone in Cedar City. WTOP News reports that he was then arrested for suspicion of Utah DUI and several other outstanding warrants.
As You Wish DUI
In Florida, a man asked to be taken to jail and got his wish after being charged with Florida DUI. Naples News reports that Christian Kantainis, 39, was seen driving at speeds up to 95 miles per hour and weaving in and out of rush hour traffic. When he was pulled over he reportedly had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. When an officer asked him to complete a field sobriety test, Kantainis reported responded with, "Why don't you just take me to jail?" Kantainis was indeed taken to jail and booked for reckless driving and his third offense Florida DUI.
Juan Juarez made things easy for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies who arrested him for drunk driving. USA reported that Juarez left a bar and was speeding when he jumped a curb in his SUV and crashed straight into a tree. The impact of hitting the tree caused his vehicle to swing sideways and smack into the Los Angeles County sheriff's station in Industry, California. Juarez suffered minor injuries and the SUV was totaled. Firefighters pried open a door of the vehicle to free Juarez. After he was treated at the hospital for his injuries, Juarez was charged with California DUI.
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One Wheel Short DUI
In Danbury, Connecticut, police say that a driver who lost control of his vehicle and hit a stop sign did not realize that he was missing one of his wheels. The United Press International reports that Jeffrey Ho, 24, was charged with reckless driving and DUI after the crash. Shortly after 3 a.m. police had received a call from a grocery store employee who reported that a car leaving the parking lot only had three wheels. When police officers found Ho, he was still behind the wheel of the car, but told them that it didn't matter that he was drunk because he wasn't driving.
Seeing Double DUI
A man in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania was arrested for suspicion of DUI recently and then released into the custody of his sister. His sister says that she took his keys, but he was out driving again four hours later. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Daniel Corbett, 56, crashed his car into a state Department of Transportation end loader and was arrested again for DUI. After both arrests, Corbett was taken to the hospital, once at 2 a.m. and then again after the accident at 6 a.m.
Bank Slamming DUI
A South Carolina woman was charged with DUI after she slammed her car into the side of a bank. State troopers said that Rita Chandler drove into the parking lot of the Bank of Travelers Rest at around 4:25 p.m. and then her car suddenly turned and drove directly into the side of the bank building. WYFF reports that no one inside the bank was injured, but Chandler was taken to an area hospital to be treated for injuries she sustained in the crash.
DUI with A 12-Pack To Go
A Nevada man who was arrested for DUI and released was arrested a second time when he was found drinking a 12-pack of beer on the front lawn of the Douglas County courthouse. Red Orbit reports that Martin Ruiz asked the judge to release him on his own recognizance after promising not to drink another beer or drive. The judge refused and set Ruiz's bail at $100,000. Ruiz was arrested for DUI after he wrecked a vehicle, injuring himself and two passengers, while traveling at a speed of 70 mph down a winding mountain road. His blood-alcohol content was measured after the crash and found to be .104 percent.
Nothing Special DUI
The Kitap Sun in Washington State reported that the police recently pulled over a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle used in a theft at a local store. An 18-year-old man was driving the vehicle and appeared to be intoxicated. When questioned by police, he denied that he had been drinking. His 18-year-old female passenger admitted that she had been drinking and after the officer noticed some vomit on her shirt, said she had been feeling sick. She also informed the police that the beer that they had been drinking was stolen. The driver was arrested and taken downtown. At the police station he became combatitive with the cops, insulted them and told them that they had "low level jobs." He was later released into the custody of his parents.
Sober Living DUI
Marc Torvend Ford, 60, was arrested for suspicion of DUI in Marin County, California after he drove his Ford Explorer into the dining room of a pizzeria. The Marin Independent Journal reports that Ford is the director of the Waterview Sober Living Environment in San Rafael, California. While the owner of the restaurant was calling 911, Ford reportedly backed out of the dining room and took off. Police located Ford in his vehicle a short distance away. He was arrested and an investigation is pending to see if he will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident as well as DUI.
Three DUI Arrests, Five Hours, One Woman
A 23-year-old Australian woman ended up behind bars recently after being arrested for DUI three times in a five-hour period. The woman reportedly registered a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15 percent at 6:10 a.m. during her first arrest. During the next two arrests, News.com.au reports that she still had a BAC of more than .05 percent, which is the legal limit for driving in Brisbane, Australia.
Doped Up DUI
In Madison, Wisconsin, The Capital Times reports that a man who dialed 911 for emergency help after taking allergy medication and smoking marijuana stole an ambulance and attempted to drive himself to the hospital. Michael C. Gilson called for an ambulance when he feared that he had overdosed. When the paramedics arrived to help, they could not find him and thus returned to the ambulance. At that point they found Gilson behind the wheel of the ambulance trying to drive away. Luckily, the ambulance got stuck in snow, so Gilson didn't get very far. Police arrived and arrested him for driving a stolen vehicle, DUI, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Not Cleared For Takeoff DUI
A drunk driver in Grand Junction, Colorado crashed through a fence and took a drive down an airport runway before being arrested for DUI. Jamie L. Bowden got stuck on top of some electrical equipment on the runway that stopped her vehicle. Luckily, no planes were taking off or landing at Grand Junction Regional Airport when Bowden took to the runway.
A 72-year-old man who was arrested for DUI in Hinsdale, Illinois was more than happy to be going to jail because he was lucky to be alive. He barely escaped his minivan, with the help of several good Samaritans, before it was demolished by two trains and exploded. Franciszek Chudzik was rescued from his van just in time, but when police arrived at the scene, they noticed signs that he was intoxicated. Chudzik took a breath test and his blood alcohol content was higher than .08. He was charged with two counts of DUI and trespassing on railroad property.
Baby Got BAC
A Wisconsin woman took her drunken boyfriend's advice and spoke with a 911 operator, telling her that her boyfriend felt that she was too intoxicated to be driving. The 911 operator traced a hang-up call and called back, getting in touch with Patricia Dykstra, who was driving at the time. Dykstra identified herself and said that her boyfriend had called because he seemed to think that she shouldn't be driving - because she was drunk. The dispatcher was able to get a description of the truck and the location from Dykstra, as well as her full name and police met up with her on her front porch. Dykstra didn't think she should be arrested for DUI since she had already made it home.
They Still Have Some Things In Common
Tanya and Michael Laporte are a divorced couple, but one night they still seemed to have a lot in common. Tanya Laporte was arrested for DUI and drug possession after she crashed into another car. About an hour after her arrest, she called her ex-husband, Michael Laporte, to come pick her up at the police station. On his way to pick up Tanya, Michael crashed and flipped his dump truck. He was arrested and charged with DUI and driving with a suspended license.
Where Am I Again?
Police in Port St. Lucie, Florida were surprised to see a drunk driver weaving through their parking lot, narrowly missing a police sergeant. They stopped the driver and asked him what he was doing there. Joseph Burzynski, a student at Indian River Community College, told them he was there to hand in a paper. Burzynski had made a wrong turn somewhere along the way and thought that he was at the college. Imagine his surprise when he realized that he was at the police station being arrested for DUI. Burzynski's blood alcohol content was reportedly more than twice the legal limit for driving.
Drunk Driver Causes Police Crash
In Ontario, two police officers in a police cruiser were involved in a one-car accident when they swerved off of the highway to avoid a head-on crash with a drunk driver. The officers were out on the road shortly before 3 p.m. when they saw a pickup truck in their lane headed straight towards them. The officer driving the police cruiser left the road in order to avoid a collision with the drunk driver and ended up wrecking into a fence. The police car was not badly damaged, so the officers turned around and chased down the truck. The driver took a breath test, which measured his blood alcohol content to be more than three times the legal limit for driving. Police also found a small amount of marijuana and an open container of liquor in the truck and arrested the driver for DUI, dangerous driving, possession of a controlled substance, having open liquor in a motor vehicle, and possession of unmarked or unstamped cigarettes.
Seeing Double DUI
Twin brothers from Naperville, Illinois were arrested after their older brother allegedly caused a DUI crash involving all three of them. Police were called in the middle of the night to the scene of an accident in which a car had veered off the road, knocked over a mailbox and hit a tree. Apparently Joseph F. Bojack, 19, was driving the car and his twin brothers, James M. Bojak and Michael J. Bojak, 18, were also in the vehicle. After the crash, all three brothers fled on foot, but were later found by police. Joseph was charged with two counts of DUI, two counts of hit and run as well as failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, resisting or obstructing a police officer and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. The twins were injured in the accident and were treated at a local hospital, then charged with resisting or obstructing a police officer and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. Police records indicate that they had also received citations for underage drinking a week earlier.
Too Cheap to Be DUI
A Canadian man who told a judge he is "too cheap" to buy enough alcohol to become impaired won his breathalyzer challenge in court, and had the DUI charge against him dismissed. Thomas Wood argued in court that he could not possibly have consumed enough beer prior to his DUI arrest to have a blood-alcohol level above .08 percent, and he had a good reason as to why it was impossible. He says he's too cheap and would have never have spent the money to buy the four bottles of beer that it would have taken to raise his blood-alcohol content to .08 percent or above. Wood registered a blood-alcohol content of .13 percent on a breath test at the time of his DUI arrest. He admitted that he had consumed a pint and a class of draft beer before driving, but at his trial an expert testified that it would have taken more alcohol to raise his blood-alcohol level to .13 percent. The judge said that Wood raised a reasonable doubt, and therefore the case was dismissed.
In Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a man and his daughter were arrested for DUI after causing a crash in a grocery store parking lot. Witnesses called the police after they saw the 64-year-old man's car smash into a parked car. After the crash, the man left the car and went into the liquor department of the store, and his 20-year-old daughter took over driving the car. Police arrived and stopped the car and found that there were two children in the car and that the man and his daughter were both intoxicated. They were both arrested for felony DUI with a child under 16 in the vehicle. It was the man's fourth DUI arrest.
DUI with a Side of Assault
A Milwaukee man was charged with DUI and fourth-degree sexual assault after leaving a friend's apartment. Ronald Mejia, 59, said that he had been drinking and decided to visit a man who he had formerly coached. He stayed overnight at the friend's apartment and allegedly sexually assaulted a 22-year-old man who was also staying at the apartment. The 22-year-old man called the police, and they arrested Mejia as he was driving away from the apartment building.
I Just Need a Ride DUI
A Wisconsin man who pleaded with cops to just give him a ride home, ended up in jail after being caught drunk driving for the second time in two hours. Authorities say that Clayton J. Paul tried to leave a bar parking lot a little after 2 pm and backed his car, at a high rate of speed, into a sheriff's department cruiser. During a breath test, he registered a blood-alcohol content of .16 percent. He was booked for DUI and released into his wife's custody. A full 12 minutes after being released, Paul was seen driving again and was pulled over by a deputy. He reportedly told the officer, "just give me a ride home." Instead, Paul was taken back to the police station for another breath test, on which he registered a blood-alcohol content of .13 percent, was booked a second time for DUI and put in jail.
Moron Arrested For DUI
A 20-year-old Texas man, Bryan Scott Moron, lost control of his truck and ran into a mailbox, and then the side of a house. He was arrested for DUI after failing field sobriety tests. According to the arrest report, Moron had a blood-alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit for driving. Police say that he was also driving at an excessive speed at the time to the accident.
DUI Suspect Keeps Beer Safe
A California man suspected of DUI reportedly crashed into a tree, and investigators believe that he was not wearing his seatbelt. A 12-pack of beer was found in the passenger's seat of the vehicle, securely buckled in with the seatbelt. Witnesses said that they saw the man driving at speeds in excess of 60 mph just before he lost control of his vehicle. The driver suffered serious head and body injuries and was found in the driver's seat without his seatbelt on. The 12-pack of beer in the passenger's seat was unharmed in the accident.
I'm Not Bleeding DUI
A man in Massachusetts was arrested for his fifth DUI in the state and seventh DUI arrest overall when he was stopped by police in Framingham, Massachusetts after leaving a bar. When Thomas D. Newell was questioned by police about the blood on his forehead, nose and chin, he told the officers that he was not bleeding. He presented officers with a suspended Texas driver's license and was arrested and charged with DUI and speeding. Back at the bar, when police asked witnesses how Newell got the injuries to his face, they were told that he had walked outside and fallen flat on his face before getting behind the wheel of his SUV and driving off. Records show that he has been convicted of four prior DUIs in Massachusetts and also has two DUI convictions in Texas. Newell was held without bail pending a hearing to determine if he is a danger to the public.
Judge Throws The Book at Drunk DUI Defendant
In Worchester, Massachusetts, a man showed up in court drunk for his arraignment for DUI and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. The man was thus ordered held on $25,000 bail. Paul J. Layfulde had pleaded not guilty to the charges in November and was ordered not to drink as a condition of his release on $500 cash bail. When he showed up at court and appeared intoxicated, the judge ordered him to take a breath test, which he took and registered a potentially lethal .40 percent blood alcohol content. The judge immediately revoked Layfulde's $500 bail and ordered him to be held without bail. At a later bail hearing, Layfulde's DUI lawyer asked that his bail be restored, but the judge reviewed Layfulde's criminal record, which includes four previous DUI convictions, and set his bail at $25,000 cash or $250,000 with surety.
DUI Bribe Failure
A real estate agent in Wyoming allegedly tried to bribe her arresting officer when she was caught driving drunk. Brenda Sue Craig was convicted by a jury for DUI and received a $685 fine and 6 month jail sentence, with all but one day suspended. A deputy pulled Craig over as she left a bar and was seen swerving. The deputy said that she smelled of alcohol, failed field sobriety tests and refused a preliminary breath test at the scene. After she was handcuffed and put in the patrol car, the officer said that she began begging for him to release her and told him that she would show him her breasts, pay him or do anything else he wanted if he would just let her go. At the county jail, she again failed field sobriety tests and again refused to take a breath test and was booked for DUI.
Exposed for DUI
A man in Eastlake, Ohio certainly knows the drill when it comes to being arrested for DUI. Wayne Wykof has already lost his license for life because he has been convicted of DUI 12 times since 1981. He was recently arrested for DUI for the 13th time and was shot with a Taser gun by police after he started biting himself and refused to stop. After being Tasered, he continued to act out at the police station and shredded some police paperwork, then exposed himself to police while shouting obscenities. If convicted of this 13th DUI, Wykof faces up to ten years behind bars.
Not So Typical DUI in Hollywood
In Hollywood, things often seem out of touch with reality. That was the case on Christmas Eve when a 6'4" and 280 pound Santa Claus wearing a blond wig, red lace camisole, purple G-string, black leg warmers and black shoes stepped out of his car in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater. "Santa" was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving and identified as Rick Carroll from Long Beach. Carroll reportedly had a blood alcohol content level of .08 percent and told police that he had consumed two rum and coke drinks two hours before his arrest.
Please Film My DUI
In Tennessee, police were notified that a man intended to drive his truck into the jail. In fact, the man wanted his crash into the Hamilton County Jail videotaped, so he had called the local news station. Police found James Skelton driving his truck, going the wrong way on a street near the jail. Skelton pulled his truck to the front of the jail and revved his engine, but was removed from the truck by police before he could slam into the jail. He kicked an officer and refused to be put into the back seat of the police car during his arrest and was charged with assault on an officer and DUI.
Come On In!
Victor Reyes was arrested for DUI with property damage, leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a suspended driver's license after he crashed his sport utility vehicle into the side of a house. Witnesses reported seeing Reyes swerving all over the road before he drove through a picket fence, up the driveway and slammed into the house. After the crash, Reyes got out of the vehicle and walked to a local convenience store where police found and arrested him.
Cops, Donut Truck and a DUI
When Warren G. Whitelightning got arrested for DUI after a police chase, it wasn't even in his own car - or a car at all. Whitelightning stole a Krispy Kreme donut truck at around 3am on a Saturday morning and led police on a high speed chase. Before the chase started, Whitelightning allegedly shoplifted eight giant red hot pickled sausages from a store. When he took off in the donut truck and police began chasing him, donuts were reportedly flying out of the back of the truck. During the chase, Whitelightning stopped the truck, put it in reverse and rammed it into a police vehicle. He then took off again. He later stopped and got out of the donut truck and was arrested and charged with DUI, as well as many other things. He faces up to 9 1/2 years in prison if convicted of all charges.
No Time For A DUI
Police pulled over an SUV driven by Adam Phillips because it was swerving and crossing back and forth across the median line. When the officer approached the SUV, Phillips reportedly told him, "I don't have time for this ****." Although the officer could plainly see Phillips' driver's license in the plastic window of his wallet, for some reason Phillips had a hard time finding it. The officer suspected that Phillips was intoxicated and asked him to step out of the vehicle. Once he was outside of the vehicle, the officer noticed that Phillips' pants were undone. When asked about his pants, Phillips told the officer that he had been receiving oral sex when he got pulled over, and was planning to go home to get some more. There was a change of plans though, because after finding eight empty beer bottles in the vehicle, police arrested Phillips for DUI.
Texting DUI Trainwreck
In Eugene, Oregon, Robert Gillespie ran into the side of a Union Pacific freight train at around two in the morning. He told police that he didn't see the train because he was trying to read a text message on his cell phone. We've all heard reports that text messaging while driving can be as dangerous as drinking and driving, but apparently Gillespie was doing both. The accident left him trapped inside his car, but once he was freed and treated for minor injuries, he was arrested for DUI.
One's Not Enough
In New Hampshire, Laurie Congley was stopped just before 9:00 p.m. and charged with DUI. She was taken to jail for booking and released on her own recognizance. Less than five hours later - at 1:28 a.m. to be exact - she was pulled over for drunk driving again. Prosecutors say that they think she went out and had more to drink after her first DUI arrest.
Not To Be Outdone
Two DUI arrests in under five hours is quite a feat, but Richard M. Pierson only needed three hours to rack up two DUI arrests in Louisiana. At around 10:30 p.m., deputies arrested Pierson at a DUI checkpoint. He was booked and released on a personal recognizance bond, like Congley. Less than three hours later, Pierson was arrested a second time for DUI at the same DUI checkpoint when he tried to drive through in a different vehicle.
Hit and Run Police Car DUI
In New York, Robert Hoar never could have imagined exactly how he would get caught drinking and driving. Hoar rammed his car into the back of a marked Nassau County police cruiser. Instead of stopping to face the music, things went from bad to worse when Hoar decided to just drive away. A mile away, officers from another precinct saw Hoar and stopped him. He failed a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest for DUI.
Only Half-Naked DUI
When police pulled Michael C. Schupner over in New York, they suspected that he was drinking and driving. They had no idea he was doing it without wearing pants. When a deputy approached Schupner's vehicle, he noticed that there was a can of beer spilling out onto the back seat of the car. He asked Schupner to step out of the vehicle, and at that point, the deputy realized that he was not wearing any pants. Police determined that Schupner had taken off his pants because they were wet from his own urine and beer spills. Schupner refused to take a field sobriety test and was charged with felony DUI and several other charges.
That's One Way To Handle It
Raymond Choy, 35, wasn't driving drunk. He was actually the police officer, but now he's in hot water over a DUI traffic stop. Choy is accused of having sex with a female DUI suspect and telling her that perhaps she would not be charged if she cooperated. A DNA test was done to confirm that there was a sexual encounter between the suspect and Choy. Now he is the subject of an internal investigation by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department in Florida and is on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.
Two DUIs In Under An Hour
In Jefferson County, New York, David Kneeland got a DUI when he crashed his wife's minivan into a guardrail. Apparently that wasn't quite good enough for Kneeland, because 45 minutes later he crashed his own car into several trees and was arrested for DUI a second time.
DUI to Go
Eighteen-year-old Brett Pallotto was arrested for DUI in Cheshire, Connecticut after he crashed his car into a McDonald's restaurant. When police arrived at the scene, they saw that the front half of Pallotto's car was actually inside the restaurant. After failing a field sobriety test, Pallotto was charged with DUI, interfering with an officer and possession of alcohol by a minor.
Last Call DUI
A woman from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin must have missed last call and tried to chase it down. The 22-year-old crashed her car into the back of a Bud Light beer truck at 6:00am as it was waiting to turn into a Wal-Mart parking lot. The woman had a few outstanding warrants...so when police arrived, she was not only arrested for DUI but also the outstanding warrants.
In Washington, the highway patrol noticed a SUV drifting between lanes and speeding up and slowing down on the interstate. When they pulled the vehicle over, they found a 19-year-old man driving and a 20-year-old female passenger in the vehicle. They both were nude and were engaged in sexual activity. The passenger tried to hide a bottle of wine from the officers, but was caught. The driver failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and "embracing while driving." The trooper who made the arrest commented that, "There were some acts of physical intimacy going on in the vehicle that were best saved for not driving down the freeway."
Groping While Intoxicated, Not A Good Idea
Twenty one-year-old Taryn McCarthy was arrested and charged with DUI after she had decided to drive after partying. She might not have spent the extra three days in jail though, had she not decided to grab the arresting officer's genitals four times while he was trying to arrest her. McCarthy spent some time in jail and paid fines, as well as having her driver's license suspended. She was also required to write a letter of apology to the arresting officer for groping him.
Toasting Your DUI Arrest
In Decatur, Alabama, police were called to the scene of a Lincoln Navigator that had run off the road and was submerged in water up to its windows. When they arrived, they stood at the water's edge and watched as Jorge Osori Taverez, 21, continued to drink his beer. Taverez stuck his beer can out the window, in an apparent toast to the officers who were watching. He then tried to turn on the car stereo, but the water shorted it out. After finishing the beer, Taverez threw the can out the window and opened a new can. After firefighters arrived and rescued him from the water, police arrested Taverez for DUI, having an open container of alcohol in the car and for littering.
Not Too Old For DUI
A 73-year-old woman in Ottawa, Canada put her car in reverse, backed out of her driveway, crossed the street and hit a pole. She kept going, in reverse, through a church parking lot where she hit a parked car and came to a stop against the handrails at the front of the church. The lady wasn't injured, but she was arrested for DUI when it was found that her blood alcohol content was above the legal limit.
DUI at DUI Hearing
In York, Pennsylvania, a man who showed up for court on a drunk driving charge was charged with DUI again. Police say that Paul H. Zeigler, 45, of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania arrived at a preliminary hearing for a DUI charge and appeared to be intoxicated during the proceedings. After the hearing, Ziegler was given a breath test with a portable device, which he failed, and was taken into custody for a blood alcohol test. When the blood test revealed that Zeigler's blood alcohol content (BAC) was more than twice the legal limit for driving, he was charged with DUI.
The Name Game
When police stopped a driver in Port St. Lucie, Florida, he readily admitted that he had "way too much to drive". The man could not produce a driver's license, but told police that his name was Matthew E. Livingston. The personal information that he provided to the officers did not match a computer search. Then there was a break in the case when police noticed the name "Cox" tattooed on the man's back. Police then did a computer search on the name "Cox" and found that the man had a suspended Florida ID card, a suspended Ohio driver's license and there was a warrant for his arrest in St. Lucie County. Cox was arrested for DUI and also faced other charges, including giving false information to a law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana and several other violations.
How Is My Name Spelled?
When Jesus Ruiz was pulled over by police in New Mexico for suspicion of drunk driving and driving a truck with expired license plates, he also tried giving a fake name to police officers. Unfortunately, Ruiz could not pull off the deception because he did not know how to spell 'Rodriguez', which is the name he gave police. He was arrested and charged with his 4th DUI.
Just A Little Drunk
In Fort Pierce, Florida, Charlette A. Wesley, 50, was stopped by police for driving suspiciously after police saw her sitting at a blinking red light with her head resting below the dashboard in the car. When police questioned Wesley about drinking and driving, she explained that she wasn't "drunk drunk", but was only slightly drunk. While she was being arrested, Wesley was concerned about her purse that had been left in the car. The bag was of course searched, and police found marijuana and a brass pipe inside. Wesley was charged with DUI and possession of marijuana.
Missing Something Here
In South Carolina, Alexander Ocampo was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of the accident after he lost control of his car in Hilton Head Island and kept going. He failed to notice that while he lost control of the vehicle, his passenger had been ejected from the car through an open window.
Come On In!
In Pennsylvania, Kenneth Ring lost control of his Jeep Cherokee and crashed into the rear entrance of the Centre County Courthouse. Ring was charged with his third DUI after he reportedly registered a BAC of .20 percent.
Keep On Knocking DUI
When police tried to pull over Duane Miller, 43, of Fine, New York, because he was seen speeding with only one headlight, he decided to lead them on a 15 mile chase before stopping. When police approached his pickup truck, Miller reportedly locked the doors of the vehicle and refused to cooperate. When he eventually did come out of his truck, he was arrested for felony DUI, unlawful fleeing a police officer and resisting arrest.
If I'm Drunk, I'll Eat My Socks!
In Ontario, a 19 year old man drank his contact lens solution and tried to eat his socks to avoid being charged with DUI. The man was sitting in his car, with the lights off, on a country road when approached by the police. The officer concluded that the man was drunk and decided to prepare a breath test. While the officer was busy preparing to administer the breath test, the man decided to grab his contact lens case out of his car and drink the solution. He also ate one of his contact lenses, and tried to eat his socks and shirt. The officer had to take the man's clothing away from him to keep him from eating it all. Before it was over the man had been sprayed with pepper spray and had stuck his head in a toilet at the station to avoid giving a breath sample. He was charged with DUI and failure to give a breath sample for testing.
Go Ahead and Charge Me With DUI
When the Florida Highway Patrol spotted Craig Shelton driving erratically they attempted to pull him over. At first Shelton ignored the flashing police lights, but then he locked up the brakes, pulled over and threw the keys into the bed of the pickup truck he was driving. When the cops asked him for his driver's license he said he didn't have one because it had been suspended. Shelton was ordered out of the truck and asked to complete a field sobriety test. During the test he reportedly told the officers, "Just call it a DUI, man. You got me." Not willing to leave well enough alone, he later asked the officer if he had found his "weed". Shelton was arrested and charged with DUI, driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana.
Not Very Observant DUI
In New York, Randy L. Parker pulled up to a convenience store sometime around 1:00am, got out of his car and walked to the front of it to urinate. He failed to notice that the car in the next parking spot was a New York State Police cruiser. Parker failed a field sobriety test and was taken in for DUI.
Just Browsing The Mall DUI
About an hour after the Augusta Mall in Georgia closed, security cameras filmed Stephen Lowe driving his SUV through the front entrance. Lowe didn't stop there, he drove his vehicle through the mall, down to the food court, before he crashed through another set of doors to exit the mall. When he was caught, Lowe got enraged and attacked a deputy. He was arrested and charged with a variety of offenses, including DUI.
DUI Chicken Murder
In Massachusetts, David P. Rice veered off of an Interstate 95 exit at a high rate of speed. He crossed two grass medians, went airborne for a bit and cleared a guardrail before crashing into a barn and chicken coop. The crash severely damaged both buildings and killed almost two dozen prized roosters and chickens. Rice was arrested and charged with aggravated DUI and reckless conduct.
In New Mexico, Alexander Begay was stopped for suspicion of DUI and failed a field sobriety test. When police placed him in the back of the squad car, Begay who was in handcuffs, reportedly kicked out the side window of the car and then started trying to eat the shards of broken glass. According to police, Begay actually ate about "a cupful of broken glass." When officers tried to stop him, they say that Begay tried to bite them. The man was taken to a hospital for medical treatment and then booked for DUI, aggravated assault and other charges he managed to rack up during the bizarre episode.
DUI at Home
In Reche Canyon, California an assistant chief of the California Highway Patrol faces DUI charges after crashing into a car parked in his driveway. Michael Mapes reportedly pulled into his own driveway at around 11:00 pm and hit a car that belonged to someone who was visiting his home at the time. The owner of the car heard the crash and called police, which led to Maples DUI arrest.
Not A Leg To Stand On
In Seattle, Washington state police pulled over a car driven by a 300-pound legless man for suspicion of drunk driving. The man told police that he had been at a party and he sat in his car and drank while there. When police conducted a breath test, the man's blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit for driving. The man really didn't want to be arrested for DUI and refused to get out of his vehicle. The wheelchair that police offered him wasn't good enough, the man said, because it wasn't his. Some of the man's family members, including his own mother came to the scene to try to help but couldn't convince the man to get out of the car, so they left. Police called in reinforcements to help haul the man from his car. He continued to resist arrest and spat on the officers. They muzzled him and tied him to a stretcher to restrain him and took him to a local hospital.
Please Don't Drink and Drive, Dad
In Syracuse, New York, a man slammed his SUV into another car twice before stopping. Stephen Bowman had been at a soccer match and consumed 'a lot of beer' before the accident. His 15 year old son was in the vehicle at the time of the accident and said that he had tried slapping his dad in the face while he was driving in an attempt to keep him awake. Bowman was arrested for DUI and child endangerment.
Armed With A Snake
An Australian man chose a unique weapon to try to keep police from arresting him for DUI. After registering a blood alcohol level that was well above the legal limit for driving, the man ran out into the road and grabbed a live snake and tried to hold police offers at bay by waving it at them. He refused to drop the snake and ran into some brush before police got to him and arrested him for DUI. The police report stated that the "driver allegedly armed himself with a live snake and threatened (officers)."
Delivering Yourself To Police Headquarters For DUI?
A driver in Tampa, Florida apparently decided to deliver himself to police headquarters for his DUI arrest. Christopher Jones drove his car right into the side of the police headquarters in Tampa. After hitting the building with his car, Jones reportedly wrapped his arms around the steering wheel and refused to get out of his car. He was eventually Tasered by police and charged with DUI and resisting arrest.
An odd accident in Brentwood, New York ended up with two brothers in separate cars being arrested for DUI at the same time. The brothers attended separate parties and were each driving home when they crashed into each other at around 4:00 am. Police say that Michael Murphy, 21, had run a stop sign and hit the passenger side door of the car driven by his brother, David Murphy, 22. The brothers were both booked for DUI.
Prickly End For DUI Suspect
In Arizona, a man left a bar and got on his motorcycle. When a police officer saw him weaving in and out of traffic he turned on the police lights to get the man to stop. The guy on the motorcycle saw the police lights, popped a wheelie and took off. He raced down the street, reaching speeds over 100 mph. Police didn't chase him, and as it turned out, there was no need. The motorcycle came to a stop down the road when it hit the back of a truck. The driver came to a stop after flying off of the motorcycle and striking a large cactus in the back of the truck. The man was treated at a hospital and released into police custody. He was booked into jail on a warrant for a previous DUI and charged with driving with a suspended driver's license, drunk driving, reckless driving and failure to yield.
Not the Best Shirt For A DUI Mugshot
In Tampa, Florida, Amanda Lynn Bailey was arrested for DUI and driving with a canceled, suspended or revoked license. Bailey is a dealer for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. This was Bailey's second DUI arrest in three months, and she couldn't have picked a more ironic shirt wear that night. The front of her t-shirt read "I'm Not An Alcoholic, I'm a Drunk. Alcoholics Go To Meetings" in bold letters.
When police in Orange Beach, Alabama were led on a high speed chase they had no idea who was behind the wheel. The car was seen darting in and out of traffic and after being instructed to pull over sped up to speeds of more than 100 mph and side-swiped another vehicle along the way. The car flipped and crashed after a 5 mile chase and police discovered that an intoxicated 11 year old girl had been driving. The girl said that she borrowed her mom's car to go pick up her sister at a concert. The pre-teen girl faces charges of DUI, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
Didn't Bet On Going To Jail!
In Long Beach, California a man hit about 24 cars and two people before stopping and being arrested for DUI. The man admitted that he had been drinking at a poker party, but said that a tire blowout caused him to sideswipe the rows of parked cars and two pedestrians. Luckily the pedestrians only suffered minor injuries. When asked why he didn't stop after he hit the first row of cars, the man told police that he was trying to find a place to park.
All That for Nothing...
If this isn't a crazy DUI story, then nothing is - A Canadian man who urinated and defecated on himself after being arrested for DUI reportedly put his own feces in his mouth in an attempt to throw off the breath test results. Well, it was all in vain, because his breath test results still showed that he had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than twice the legal limit for driving.
I Didn't See You on That Horse, Officer
In Tampa, Florida, Arleis Perez was reportedly a bit out of control when he drove his car into a Tampa police officer on horseback. Both the police horse and the officer were injured in the accident, but will fully recover. Perez was charged with driving under the influence after he reportedly told police he had consumed about six beers and a mixed drink that night before driving.
Before the accident happened, at around 3:25am, plain clothed officers approached Perez, who was sitting inside his parked car playing loud music. When Perez saw the officers coming, he reportedly rolled up his car windows, locked his doors and took off.
Four minutes later, as a result of the alleged intoxication mixed with crazy driving, down the street a police officer's horse was up on the car's hood and windshield. Perez was arrested and reportedly registered a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.215 and .210 on breath tests.
DUI after First Driving Lesson
A Florida woman was charged with DUI after accidentally running over her stepfather who was attempting to teach her how to drive.
Rule #1 - Make sure that your student is sober before the driving lesson.
Victoria Hosner, 30, was born in England and has lived in the United States for just over a year, but has never learned to drive. It's unlikely that anyone will be willing to teach her after her first lesson, which almost caused her stepfather to lose his leg after it was broken sideways at a 90 degree angle in the accident.
Hosner was in the driver's seat of a truck with the door open. Her stepfather was standing in the driveway. Hosner reportedly meant to hit the brake, but instead hit the gas pedal and knocked the man down, ran over him and dragged him across the street while she whizzed around in reverse before finally coming to a stop after jumping the curb and striking the side of the garage.
When police arrived on the scene, they noticed Hosner's eyes were red and glassy and they smelled alcohol on her breath. She reportedly could not keep her balance during a field sobriety test and was arrested for DUI, two counts of DUI with property damage, and driving without a license. She registered a .146 blood-alcohol level on a breath test and spent the night in jail.
Habitual Drunk Driving Lawman
A former corrections deputy, Michael Bowe, was pulled over for drunk driving five times before being fired from the Thurston County, Washington Sheriff's Office in 2004 and at least one time since.
In 2004, Bowe was pulled over for driving suspiciously and the officer called for backup when he saw that his face was completely covered with blood. At first Bowe claimed that his girlfriend had attacked him, then he said that he had a fight in one location, then changed his story to say the fight happened in a different location. After Bowe was arrested for suspicion of DUI, officers found that his police issued service weapon and dozens of rounds of ammunition were in the car. They never really found out why Bowe's face was covered in blood though.
Then in 2006, Bowe was found in his car with his two grandchildren, stopped in the middle of a remote road and unconscious behind the wheel. The children were inside the car crying when officers arrived. Because of his previous DUI arrests, Bowe's car was equipped with an ignition-interlock device. Police alleged that he had taught his 4-year-old to blow into the court-ordered device in order to get the car started so that he could continue to drive drunk. After he was arrested for DUI this time, Bowen reportedly registered 0.228 and 0.232 on breath tests. However, the breath test results were thrown out when a state Department of Licensing hearing examiner ruled that the blood-alcohol readings from the arrest weren't gathered with proper consent. Bowen is now being prosecuted for reckless endangerment instead of DUI.
DUI in a Brand New $400,000 Car
Ronald Tridico and his wife were enjoying a drive in his brand new bright yellow Lamborghini near Orlando, Florida when witnesses say he lost control of the car and crashed while trying to take a curve too fast. Police officers say that he was apparently speeding, they also allege that he was driving drunk.
Tridico was not hurt in the accident and his wife suffered only a minor injury to her arm. Tridico was located by police and arrested for leaving the scene of the accident and suspicion of DUI.
The good news is that unless he spent all of his money on the new car, he should be able to easily afford an excellent DUI defense attorney.
Don't Spill Your Beer!
When a man in Orange County, Florida was pulled over for suspicion of DUI recently he reportedly stunned police officers by jumping out of the vehicle, beer still in hand, and running away. The man had stopped his car after a long police chase, and only after reportedly trying to run over officers who were approaching his vehicle.
Police nabbed the devoted beer drinker, who reportedly has a history of DUI arrests, and charged him with DUI and aggravated assault on a police officer. No word on what happened to the beer he was clutching.
"DUI Made Us Celebrities!"
Two friends in Wisconsin aren't ashamed of their recent drunk driving arrests. In fact, they say that as a result of being charged with DUI they are now local celebrities. What a claim to fame!
The two men, Harvey Miller, 43, and Edwin Marzinske, 55 were both charged with drunk driving and driving while revoked when they shared the responsibility of driving a truck home, allegedly after doing some drinking. Miller, a paraplegic, says he was steering the truck while Marzinske worked the brake and gas pedals.
Miller reportedly had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 and Marzinske, 0.09 percent according to breath tests taken after the arrests.
The pair say they will fight the charges in court. Their planned defense strategy will be to argue that neither of them had control of the vehicle, and therefore neither of them were driving. Let's run that one up the flagpole and see if it flutters!