Beer T-Shirt Wearing Drunk Driver Crashes Into Graveyard.

drunk driver mug shotDrunk drivers can get themselves into some unique situations. From Florida drunk drivers who are arrested in nothing more than a bikini to a Pennsylvania drunk driver who was picked up wearing a ‘Drunk Lives Matter’ t-shirt on St.Patrick’s Day, there’s as many crazy stories as there are people involved in a drunk driving crash.

Now a Connecticut man has a story to tell when it comes to his own crazy drunk driving crash. He was recently picked up by police after a crash, and although that’s nothing new for police, what he was unique was what he was wearing and where he crashed his car.

With his t-shirt proudly announcing that someone should “Hold My Beer And Watch This,” the 25-year-old man crashed his car into a graveyard’s stone wall. Police soon realized he was drunk and arrested him for operating under the influence (OUI) and other charges.

In Connecticut, that OUI charge will net the offender some significant penalties. A first-time offender will receive an immediate 45-day driver’s license suspension, and he or she must install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle they drive. That interlock has to be used for a minimum of one year.

In addition to suffering through the penalties, the man has had to endure the fact that his mug shot has become a widely shared image on social media. That was thanks to a share by Connecticut police.

It just goes to show: if you’re going to drink and drive and do so while wearing a very ironic T-shirt, you’re going to have to be ready to pay the price. In this case, the viral photo and what must have been a terrifying crash into a graveyard would probably be enough to make sure this offender never drinks and drives or is the star of his own crazy drunk driving crash again.

DUI Laws Don’t Apply To Dogs, But They Do To Dog Owners

drunk-chihuahuaIt goes without saying that you shouldn’t drink and drive. Every state has drunk driving laws they’ve put into place, and with all of the anti-drunk driving public service announcements (PSAs), checkpoints, and campaigns out there, it should be common sense to avoid drunk driving at all costs.

But not everyone has common sense, and the number of drunk drivers on the road who disregard drunk driving laws remains at staggering levels. Sometimes these drunk drivers will even take children along for the ride, while others are content to bring along their drunk dog.

Yes, a drunk driving arrested in Pennsylvania recently also had a very drunk Chihuahua along for the ride. The driver was found inside his vehicle with an open bottle of vodka, and he was pouring it into a tray in the center console for the dog, who was drinking it.

At 12 pounds, the dog would have limited tolerance for hard alcohol, and even a small amount of vodka would be enough to kill the canine. What happens after they drink is similar to what happens to a human: they lose their coordination, become sleepy, and their heart rate can slow down. With a large amount of alcohol a dog’s blood stream can become acidic and, unless they receive immediate treatment, they can die.

The dog in this case was already staggering while he walked, and his pupils were dilated. Police removed him from the vehicle and took him to a vet where he received an IV to remove the alcohol from his system. He’s had to receive additional treatments but is doing well and living at an Animal Control officer’s house.

The dog’s owner was charged with driving under the influence and animal cruelty, and although it’s not known whether or not he’ll regain custody of his dog, the fact that he also threatened to shoot and kill the arresting officers at the scene makes it seem unlikely.

It’s not the first case of someone disregarding drunk driving laws and it won’t be the last, but at least it should be the last time this dog gets into a car drunk.

What Does A Fork lift And A Florida Drunk Driver Have In Common?

Florida drunk driverA forklift is a great machine when you want to lift heavy objects, and it’s a go-to device for many people who work in big box retail businesses or out in a construction yard, But as a getaway vehicle for a Florida drunk driver, it’s not such a great option.

At least that’s what a Florida drunk driver found out when he lost his keys recently. He said he was helping his friend move in the Florida Keys when he misplaced his car keys. Instead of calling a cab, he decided that stealing a forklift from a lot nearby would be a great option for getting home because he knew how to drive one.

He also knew how to fix a gate, and he probably thought that was a good thing too because he managed to smash into it when he was trying to leave with the forklift. Police were called and they found that this Florida drunk driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that was twice the legal limit of .08. Now he’s facing a laundry list of charges including driving under the influence (DUI), and because he’s been charged in Florida, he’s also facing a laundry list of penalties including possible jail time, driver’s license suspension, and stiff fines.

Because his BAC was over 0.15, he’ll be required to sign up for the Florida ignition interlock program. It’s currently mandatory for a first-time offender with a BAC higher than 0.15 to use an ignition interlock, and if a new bill passes the House, the devices will also become a requirement for any first offender with a BAC over .08.

Florida drunk drivers have been caught behind the wheel of many different types of vehicles, but a fork lift may just be one of the poorest choices someone from Florida has made yet. Let’s hope this is the first and last time someone tries to raid a construction yard for a way home.

Pennsylvania Drunk Driver Arrested Wearing Drunk Lives Matter T-Shirt

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Image from Newville Police Department Facebook page

On St.Patrick’s Day you’ll find plenty of people wearing green and celebrating the luck of the Irish. These party goers will drink green beer, spend the night in Irish pubs, and hopefully get home in one piece. Despite the party atmosphere, it’s inevitable that the police end up with more than a few stories to tell after it’s all over, and one story about a Pennsylvania drunk driver will give police something to talk about for years to come.

It all started when police spotted a green Ford truck around midnight on St.Patrick’s Day. The driver was stopped because police spotted him committing several traffic violations, and when they pulled him over they suspected him of drunk driving. Taking him in for a blood draw, they discovered that his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was .217.

That’s a high reading for anyone stopped for driving drunk, but what really stood out about this Pennsylvania drunk driver was that he was proudly wearing a bright green St.Patrick’s Day t-shirt that said, “Drunk Lives Matter.”

Yes, the t-shirt was intended as a joke for St.Patrick’s Day. Although it was a tasteless joke for obvious reasons, the ultimate irony was how the wearer of the t-shirt ended up arrested for drunk driving. What’s also ironic is that his mug shot was put on the Newville, Pennsylvania Police Facebook page, and from there it was shared all over the Internet.

Not only has this man, his St.Patrick’s Day t-shirt, and his unhappy mugshot gained infamy, as a Pennsylvania drunk driver he’s going to pay fines, he may lose his driver’s license, and if he refused to submit to a breathalyzer he’ll have to drive with an ignition interlock.  Clearly the luck of the Irish was not with him this St.Patrick’s Day.

Friday Fallout: Another Crazy Florida Drunk Driving Story

dunce-capFlorida is one of those states that has more than its fair share of drunk drivers, and because of that you’ll hear more crazy drunk driving stories coming out of Florida than almost anywhere else.

The balmy climate and the fact that it’s a tourist destination seems to give it a constant vacation atmosphere, so it’s no surprise when drivers take the party from the patio to the wheels of their cars. What is surprising is what they choose to blame that decision on.

One driver in Gainesville decided to take a page from a science textbook after he was arrested for drunk driving. He crashed a car that belonged to a rental car company, and by doing so blocked an entire travel lane on a busy street. When questioned by the police as to how he ended up in that lane, he couldn’t recall. That might be because his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.233 at the time of arrest, more than double the legal limit of .08.

When he was given the results of his breath tests, he said, “I can’t argue with physics. Physics is physics.”

friday-falloutIt might have been the alcohol affecting his reasoning skills, but it would be difficult to attribute the choice to drink and drive to something like physics. The study of matter and its motion through space and time, physics can explain things like energy and force, but it can’t explain why someone would drink alcohol, get behind the wheel of a car, and crash that car in the middle of the travel lane.

It’s just another one of Florida’s crazy drunk driving stories that will end with the offender receiving a fine, driver license suspension, and if a new bill passes all the way to the Governor’s office, an ignition interlock for every offender who decides to drink and drive.

All’s well doesn’t end well in this case, because this offender could also lose his job. He might have had insurance for that rental car, but the company he got it from was also his employer, and they might not look too kindly on the physics explanation or the drinking and driving on the job.

The Friday Fallout: Every Friday Guardian Interlock brings you a unique drunk driving case that demonstrates the impact of – or fallout from – drunk driving.

Friday Fallout: Rooster The Star Of Crazy Drunk Driving Story

rooster crazy drunk driving storyAlcohol has the power to put people in abnormal situations, and that’s why so many people end up the star of their own crazy drunk driving story. Some of these stories are heartbreaking because they end with the injury or death of an innocent person, while others can be funny, giving you something to laugh about and you’re relieved no one got hurt.

What happened to a man in Key West, Florida recently falls under the category of a crazy drunk driving story, and if you can picture the situation while reading, it’s actually pretty funny. Daniel Jones of New Jersey was driving a golf cart in a Key West neighborhood. Golf carts as a means of transportation are fairly common in Florida neighborhoods, but what wasn’t so common was the fact that he was swerving erratically on the road.

Bystanders noticed that he was intentionally aiming his golf cart at a rooster that was near him, and one witness said that he was so adamant about hitting that rooster, he ended up rolling the golf cart.

Jones was ejected from the car along with his passengers. The passengers suffered minor injuries, and as for the rooster, he just hopped up on the sidewalk and walked away. After a witness called 911, police arrived and obtained Jones’ blood alcohol content (BAC). It was 0.25, more than three times the legal limit of .08.

Because a golf cart is considered a motor vehicle in many states, Jones was taken to jail for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) and DUI with property damage and minor injury.

Right now a Florida first time drunk driving conviction will net the offender fines, driver’s license suspension, and possibly jail time if someone suffered injury or death because of a crash. If a new bill passes through the House and becomes law, first offenders will also be required to install an ignition interlock.

If passed, Florida is slated to become the 29th state to require ignition interlocks for all offenders. Although you can’t install an ignition interlock on a golf cart, the device could disable a drunk driving offender like Jones from making the same mistake twice.

At the very least, this is one crazy drunk driving story that has a happy ending. No one was injured or killed due to drunk driving, and the rooster lived to see another day.

You Might Want To Skip The Cartwheels During Your Field Sobriety Test

field sobriety testIf you’ve ever been stopped for suspected drunk driving, you’ll know that standardized field sobriety tests (SFST) are a common way police officers use to assess someone they believe is driving under the influence.

During the traffic stop they will generally perform up to three SFSTs: the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN), one-leg stand tests, and the walk-and-turn. Each test is designed to see whether or not alcohol is affecting a driver’s hand-eye coordination, reflexes, and motor skills.

Police officers generally stick to these three field sobriety tests, so imagine how surprised they were when a drunk driver added her own take on a field sobriety test during a routine traffic stop. The driver, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, was stopped by local police, and when they asked her to exit her vehicle she was unsteady on her feet.

That’s when the officer asked her to walk in a straight line, and when she tried and failed she decided to a do a cartwheel instead. Not only that, but she did several cartwheels despite police asking her to stop. One of those cartwheels ended with her leg striking the officer, so on top of being charged with aggravated drunk driving, she was also charged with battery of a police officer. All of this because she decided to put her own twist on a field sobriety test.

Alcohol has a way of making a bad idea seem like a great one at the time, and this is a good lesson for any driver who thinks that taking liberties with a field sobriety test is a good idea. Saying no to a field sobriety test might not have the same repercussions as saying no to a breathalyzer test, but not following the police’s rules for these tests can land you in hot water all the same.

Wyoming, Minnesota Drunk Drivers Forced To Watch Justin Bieber

justin bieber commercialEveryone knows that the Super Bowl is one of the biggest year for drunk drivers. Big brands who advertise during prime Super Bowl hours take the steps to create anti-drunk driving commercials, and in one case this year, Tostitos took the anti-drunk driving message so seriously they even manufactured special packaging Super Bowl fans could use to obtain a coupon from Uber.
Although police all across the United States were very active in letting their local communities know about the dangers of drinking and driving on Super Bowl Sunday, only one police detachment took the steps of sending out a stern but funny warning to drunk drivers.
Police in Wyoming, Minnesota sent out a tweet on February 5th that stated, “If you drive drunk tonight we’re going to subject you to that Justin Bieber @TMobile Super Bowl Commercial the entire way to jail.” The commercial in question featured Bieber wearing glasses and dancing, and the Wyoming police department seemed to think it was offensive enough to offer up as a punishment for drunk drivers.

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By all accounts it looks as though Twitter agreed, and from the feedback it looks like they thought the Wyoming, Minnesota detachment was winning the Internet that day. Not only did they get ten thousand retweets, they also had almost seventeen thousand likes and the tweet was picked up by various media outlets including the Washington Post.

This isn’t the first time this police detachment offered to punish a drunk driving offender this way. Back in November they threatened to play One Direction music in the squad car for anyone caught drunk driving. It must have been a good deterrent, because a Nova Scotia, Canada police department followed the example and offered to play Nickelback for any drunk drivers in the province.

Twitter is a unique, instant way to get through to people, and as the exposure and the followers grow on the Wyoming account, they’ve been using this type of humour to drive home a serious message: don’t drink and drive, and if you do, you can guarantee that police are watching. If you’re in Wyoming, Minnesota and you’re tempted to drink and drive, you might want to remind yourself about this Twitter account. It might help you realize that finding another way home is a good idea.

When You Lose Your $300K Car Because of Drunk Driving

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As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. Whether you’re in Dallas, Houston, or Austin, the state has bigger ranches, bigger cities, and they even have bigger drunk driving crashes.

Case in point? One man in Austin made the decision to drink and drive, and it’s going to cost him in a bigger than Texas way. He’s been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) after he drove his rare car, a 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale, into a ravine.

Just how rare was the car he totaled because he was drunk driving? To replace it will cost the owner, or his insurance company, approximately $358,000. Yes, the car he crashed is worth more than some people’s homes, and it’s now a twisted piece of metal thanks to drunk driving.

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After. Image from foxnews.com

The drunk driving crash happened in the early hours of the morning, and the owner of the vehicle was driving at well over one hundred miles per hour when he failed to navigate a turn and flew over forty feet before he flipped into the ravine below. He wasn’t alone either; with three passengers inside the small interior, he’s fortunate that everyone managed to walk away with minor injuries.

After the incident the Austin police department decided that this was definitely a crash worth sharing, and they posted the crash photos on their Facebook page along with the hashtag #thisisnotferrisbuellersdayoff.

Austin has seen its fair share of drunk drivers since designated driver services Uber and Lyft ceased operations in the city last year. Police have noted a spike in drunk drivers in past months, and they believe it’s because there are limited choices for people to get home after a night out.

That may be why this man made the choice to get behind the wheel of such a valuable vehicle while drunk, but no matter why he decided to do it, he’s now the proud owner of a mangled heap of metal and has learned a valuable lesson: don’t drink and drive.

Friday Fallout: Tostitos Bag Asks You To Not Drink And Drive

tostitos party safe bagBesides watching football, drinking on Super Bowl Sunday is a familiar ritual. There are tailgating parties, pub events where you watch the big game, and pre and post-game parties where you celebrate or drink away your sorrow at your team losing. Because alcohol is such a huge part of Super Bowl Festivities, big brands take part in a little double duty media where they promote their brand and, at the same time, ask the public to not drink and drive.

You’ve probably seen the Budweiser commercials that ask you not to drink and drive, but this year there is something new on the horizon: Tostitos, Uber, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have partnered to create something called the “Party Safe” bag for Super Bowl snackers.

That bag has the power to fulfill your munchie craving with delicious tortilla chips, but it also has the power to detect if you’ve been drinking. How is that even possible? Each party bag has alcohol sensors and those sensors are able to detect any trace of alcohol on a person’s breath.

If you haven’t had any alcohol at all and you’re eating your chips, the bag will turn green and you can go ahead, grab your keys, and drive home. If you’ve been drinking and the bag turns red, it will show the message “Don’t Drink And Drive.” The bag will then offer you a $10 credit for an Uber ride that’s only valid on February 5th; SuperBowl Sunday.

Incredibly, the bag also has NFC (near-field communication) technology built in. For the non-tech savvy, that means the chip-eater can just tap his or her phone against the chip bag to call Uber.

Although this is a really unique way to draw attention to the fact that you need to find yourself a ride home after drinking, there’s also one important thing to keep in mind: the bag will not measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

That means you shouldn’t really use a bag of Tostitos to determine whether you should drink and drive. Not only is there the possibility it might not detect the alcohol on your breath when you’ve been drinking, there’s no safe amount of alcohol you can drink before you should drive.

Enjoy Super Bowl Sunday by planning for your ride home before you drink, and if your Tostitos bag does turn red, you won’t have to worry about how you’ll get home.

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