Sunday, October 23, 2011

Can DUI drivers prevent California Police from arresting them for DUI?

"NFL SunDay" Update: Can DUI drivers prevent California Police from arresting them for DUI?

Criminal Defense Lawyers' response originates in Ireland.

Let's face it - Drunk driving in Ireland is common. Check out one true tale:

A major sporting event on TV like the Bears v. Tampa Bay in the UK, a routine Gardai DUI patrol parked outside a local pub.

After the NFL games available on the Sky Channel or Satellite, the drunk driving police noticed a man leaving the bar so impaired that he could barely walk. The man stumbled around the car park for a few minutes, with the Garda quietly observing. After what seemed an eternity and trying his keys on five vehicles, the man managed to find his car which he fell into. He was there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off. Finally he started the car, switched the wipers on and off (it was a fine dry night), flicked the indicators on, then off, tooted the horn and then switched on the lights. He moved the vehicle forward a few cm, reversed a little and then remained stationary for a few more minutes as some more vehicles left. At last he pulled out of the car park and started to drive slowly down the road. The drunk driving Garda, having patiently waited all this time, now started up the patrol car, put on the flashing lights, promptly pulled the man over and carried out a Breathalyzer test. To his amazement the Breathalyzer indicated no evidence of the man having consumed alcohol at all!

Shocked and confused, the DUI Garda said "I'll have to ask you to accompany me to the Police station this Breathalyzer equipment must be broken."

"I doubt it," said the Irishman, "today I'm just the designated decoy".

Fairly accurate tale.

If needed in your state, there's a California DUI Attorney Consultation at this online San Diego County DUI Law Center resource center.