The news that another sports star was arrested for drunk driving in Florida isn’t surprising. Even Tiger Woods, a celebrity in the golf world, was recently arrested for DUI in Florida after he was found asleep behind the wheel of his car and had no idea where he was.
But the latest sports celebrity who was arrested has a slightly different background: he’s Canadian. Soccer player Cyle Larin is from Brampton, Ontario and is in Florida as part of the Orlando City soccer team. He was driving the wrong way in the wrong lane on a busy road at 2 am in the morning, and when Florida police arrested him for drunk driving, he had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .179 and .182.
His charge is misdemeanor DUI in Florida, but does the fact that he’s Canadian change anything?
If you’re arrested for drunk driving and you’re from out of the country, you’re still held accountable according to the drunk driving laws in that state. When you head back to your own country, that charge follows you too: if you receive another drunk driving charge in Ontario or anywhere else in Canada, you’ll be considered a repeat offender because of your first out-of-country charge.
That means if you’ve ever thought you could be charged with drunk driving in a country and you could just walk back over the border and forget about it, you’re wrong. If you’ve also thought you aren’t a repeat offender if your charge is from another country, you’re wrong there too.
Cyle Larin from Brampton probably just learned this the hard way, so don’t make the same mistake if you’re ever down in Florida, California, or anywhere else in the United States. A drunk driving charge will follow you, so drive sober and won’t have to worry about it.