You know how police stations will occasionally post names, dates, and information online for the impaired drivers they charge? It’s easy to skim past and shake your head at the stories you read, at least until it happens to you or someone you know. That’s the only way you’ll know how it feels to be the star of your very own crazy DUI story.
That must be how a 20-year old Ontario man feels after he was involved in a single car crash that involved his car and a utility pole. Kingston police believe the man was driving while impaired, crashed his vehicle, and then fled the scene. It’s dangerous to drink and drive, and not the best idea to leave the scene of a crash, but the crazy part started when he decided it would be a good idea to call 911 to report the vehicle he crashed as being stolen.
After he reported his vehicle stolen, officers visited the man and noticed he was impaired, that his pants were wet, and he had some injuries on his arm. The man was arrested and taken to the police station where he submitted to a breathalyzer. At that point his blood alcohol concentration was 1 ½ times the legal limit, and he was charged with multiple offenses including impaired driving, driving in excess of the legal limit of alcohol, failure to remain at the scene, and public mischief.
For his crimes, he received an immediate 90-day drivers license suspension and had his vehicle towed and impounded for 7 days. If he’s officially convicted of impaired driving, he’ll receive a longer drivers license suspension as well as an ignition interlock for a minimum of one year if it’s his first offense.
The moral of the story? Alcohol can impair your judgement, and under the influence of alcohol you could make crazy decisions: decisions like drinking and driving or deciding that the police will never know you were really the one driving your vehicle when it crashed. If you don’t want to be the star of your own crazy DUI story, don’t drink and drive.