Most of the time, DUI arrests in Missouri are relatively uneventful.
Officer pulls a person over under suspicion of intoxicated driving, assesses their state, and determines whether or not that person is or is not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, whenever you throw alcohol or drugs into the mix, things are bound to get weird. Here is the latest roundup of bizarre drunk driving tales from across the United States. Buckle up. You’re in for a wild ride.
“The Axe Effect”
Earlier this year, in March 2019, a man was pulled over in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. The man had passed sheriff’s deputies at speeds well over the posted limit and swerved into the opposite lane. As the officer approached the vehicle, the suspect allegedly sprayed Axe Body Spray into his mouth in an attempt to cover the scent of alcohol on his breath. Not only did this tactic fail to work, but deputies also found a twelve-pack of beer in the vehicle, with only one of the beers left unopened and the others nearly empty. The man was arrested and charged with a DUI.
Not Your Grandmother’s Vanilla
In January of 2019, a Connecticut woman was charged with driving under the influence; she was drunk on vanilla extract, which contains a high amount of alcohol. Hearst Connecticut Media reports that New Canaan police found 50-year-old Stefanie Warner-Grise sitting in a car at an intersection with her eyes closed about 4:45 pm Wednesday. Police officers say they found several bottles of pure vanilla extract insider her vehicle. When officers found her, they detected vanilla on her breath. Furthermore, her speech was slurred, and she was unable to answer basic questions correctly. After failing field sobriety tests, Warner-Grise was arrested and then later released on a promise to appear in court.
Cars Don’t Float
In March of 2019, witnesses say that a 37-year-old man from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, John W. Hamilton, drove his vehicle, not once, but twice off a boat launch onto the frozen Hayden Lake. On the second attempt, the man’s car broke through the ice and sank. When law enforcement arrived at the scene, the man was walking away from the frozen lake with wet clothes. His vehicle disappeared under the surface. Hamilton was arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence. Due to the time of year in which this occurred, not only will Hamilton face DUI charges, but we also won’t be able to retrieve his vehicle until after the ice has melted. This was Hamilton’s second DUI offense.
So what’s the moral of these stories? Obviously, don’t drink and drive. But also, vanilla extract should only be used for baking, cars don’t float, and Axe Body Spray is for external use only. Contact Springfield Traffic Tickets if you find yourself in any weird, legal situation that you need help getting out of. Schedule your no-obligation consultation today.