Sometimes, unusual circumstances leading to drunk driving arrests sound more like movies than real life. Alcohol is often a factor in thrill-seeking or risky behavior. Those who drink to excess are generally less inhibited than a sober person would be. The consumption of alcohol—especially in large quantaties—releases the feel-good hormone dopamine. When a drinker’s brain is flooded with dopamine, the drinker begins to have trouble discerning what is a good decision and what is a bad decision. This leads many people to do or say things while they are drinking that they would not do or say while sober.
The false confidence which alcohol can give users is one reason why many drinkers choose to drive when they are incapacitated. Many who are arrested for drinking under the influence (DUI) got behind the wheel because they greatly underestimated their inebriation. Such a mistake can cost a person severely.
Man Attempts to Order Food at Bank
Recently, a 38-year-old man in Florida was charged with driving under the influence after making a humiliating mistake. The man drove to a bank’s drive-up lane and then passed out at the wheel. When employees began banging on his window, he woke up. Upon waking, the inebriated man mistook the bank drive-up for a Taco Bell drive-thru, and he attempted to order a burrito. When the branch manager of the bank explained to the man that he was not at a fast food drive-thru, the man drove to the front parking lot. This is where police found the man and arrested him for drunk driving.
Anonymous Tip is Considered Probable Cause
In 2014, the United States Supreme Court gave police the authority to stop vehicles based on anonymous tips. In Navarette v. California, the high court that the police can pull over a vehicle based solely on an anonymous drunk driving tip. The driver does not need to appear to be intoxicated or commit any traffic violations themselves, and such a traffic stop does not violate the Fourth Amendment right to unreasonable search and seizure. For example, if a vehicle is weaving in and out of lanes or driving carelessly, another driver can call 911 and report the driver. If police deem the tip to be credible, they may attempt to locate the driver and pull him or her over. If the driver refuses or fails a chemical blood alcohol test, he or she will likely be arrested on DUI charges.
Are You Facing DUI Charges?
If you have been arrested and charged with DUI, you need an attorney who will develop a strong defense strategy and fight to protect your rights. Contact an experienced Elgin DUI defense lawyer for help. Call 847-488-0889 for a free consultation at The Law Offices of Brian J. Mirandola today.