If you’ve been drinking and you see the police lights flashing at a road check or you’re in the process of being pulled over for impaired driving, it’s tempting to want to flee the scene any way you can. Driving under the influence (DUI) or impaired driving in Canada comes with stiff penalties including jail time, high fines, and ignition interlock installations, so even if you realize you’ve made a mistake, submitting to a breathalyzer and facing the charges isn’t an appealing prospect. At that moment, running away may seem tempting.
A 25 year old decided to do just that in Calgary recently, but incredibly, he decided to run away in the one vehicle that could get him in the most amount of trouble. After he was restrained and placed in the back of a police cruiser, the offender used a moment when the officers were distracted to jump into the front of the vehicle and drive off in the car. Although they took off in pursuit, the culprit was able to lose them on a dusty dirt road.
It took 3 days to find both the suspect and the vehicle, and it was only discovered after someone tipped off the authorities. Normally police cruisers have GPS tracking on board their vehicles, but the suspect had disabled it after he drove off. He’s been charged with impaired driving, escaping police custody, and car theft.
It’s pretty rare for someone apprehended to drive off in a police car, but this is just one example of some of the crazy things people do when they’re caught impaired driving. From a man dressed as a Breathalyzer who was then arrested for drunk driving to the couple who asked their 13 year old to drive because they were too drunk to drive themselves, the stories are everywhere. There have even been drunk drivers arrested after driving intoxicated on Barbie cars, ride on lawnmowers, and souped up beverage coolers.
Drinking and driving is a choice made by the driver, and because it’s a choice, they must pay the fine and penalties incurred by an impaired driving charge. Running away from your impaired driving charge, especially in a police cruiser, is never a good idea.