Drunk driving and drugged driving continue to be the focus of news stories in the Phoenix area. Over the past several weeks, however, there seems to have been a flood of new – and rather unusual – charges. Here are some of the other “interesting” DUI cases we’re found:
- At the top of the list is a charge from early April that a woman was seen passed out at the wheel while her car traveled through the intersection of Northern and 19th Avenues. The car ended up on the sidewalk, and no injuries were reported, but the police say beer and liquor bottles were found in the vehicle. The woman reportedly was driving on a revoked license. She has been charged with aggravated (felony) DUI.
- An El Mirage man was arrested for DUI three times in just four months. He had been convicted of extreme DUI in December, then entered a guilty plea to aggravated DUI in late March, and on April 1 was again charged with DUI. Police say his BAC was 0.161, just over twice the legal limit.
- Late last month a man was charged with DUI after allegedly being involved in a hit-and-run accident on 35th Avenue. The man’s son was in the car, and he faces aggravated DUI for having a minor passenger in the vehicle while impaired, as well as for driving on a suspended license.
- Albert Belle, a former Major League Baseball star, was arrested in Scottsdale on March 26 for driving under the influence and indecent exposure, and unlikely combination of charges, the details of which are unclear at this time.
- Mesa police say a woman bypassed an ignition interlock device by having a friend blow into it, then proceeded to crash her vehicle into a tree. Her passenger was injured in the accident. She allegedly had a BAC of 0.197 and is also being charged with aggravated assault.
These cases point out some of the variations in DUI cases, along with some unusual situations that could lead to an arrest. Obviously, all the defendants are innocent until proven guilty.
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