Driving under the influence is not typically a laughing matter. However, some people might have been amused by a Florida driver who called 911 on New Year’s Eve to report his own drunk driving. The sheriff’s office in Polk County revealed that this 39-year-old man’s arrest brought the total number of drunk driving arrests for December to 30. He is now facing several DUI-related charges.
According to a report by the 911 operator, the driver called and reported that he had been driving around drunk all night. When asked where he was, the man apparently replied that he had no idea of his location, but he mentioned that he was driving on the left side of the road. The operator said the driver would not provide his name when she asked him to identify himself. Reportedly, she asked him to park in a safe place until the arrival of law enforcement. However, he allegedly chose to park in the middle of the road.
Further allegations say the man admitted to drinking several beers and ingesting methamphetamine. When law enforcement caught up with him, the driver was reportedly arrested and charged with suspicion of driving while impaired, improper lane usage, wrong-way driving and failure to use his seat belt. The sheriff’s office also reported that the man’s criminal record includes DUI convictions, drug possession, aggravated battery, hit-and-run and resisting arrest.
Regardless of the fact that this man reported his own wrongdoing, he will likely consider the consequences and his legal options. Any Florida person who is facing drunk driving charges may be best advised to secure the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. A lawyer can examine the charges and the evidence before devising the most appropriate defense strategy for the best possible outcome.
Source: itv.com, “Man calls 911 to report himself to police for drunk driving“, Jan. 7, 2018