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Drunk Drivers Arrested in Fitting Costumes

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | Nov 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dressing up in costumes and taking to the streets is a Halloween tradition. Now that Halloween has passed, parents may be worried that their children are consuming too much candy. However, other people were consuming too much alcohol on Halloween night, and unfortunately for them, they got behind the wheel. Some of those arrested for drunk driving were still dressed up in their oddly appropriate Halloween costume when stopped by police.

In Montana, a Great Falls Police Department officer was out on patrol on Halloween night. A suspected drunk driver was spotted driving erratically, coming to a stop on the side of the road. When the officer got to the car, the driver appeared to be asleep at the wheel. When the police got the female driver out of the car, she had her own set of handcuffs on her hip, and the word “police” across her back, dressed as a “sexy cop.” The driver was not charged with impersonating an officer, but she does face charges for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Another driver may have anticipated his eventual arrest for driving under the influence in South Carolina when he wore a Halloween costume of a prisoner in an orange jump suit. Shortly after midnight on November 1st, the man in West Columbia was stopped on suspicion of a DUI. He then drove off, and eventually ditched the car. The man was arrested for a DUI, driving on a suspended license, failure to stop, open container, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

In Iowa, a man was stopped by police with flashing lights and sirens, after he was reportedly driving the wrong way down the street at around 3 a.m. When police spoke with the 39-year-old Ross McDonald, he appeared confused, apparently unable to tell the police which bar it was he was coming from. He appeared to be dressed as a “flasher,” wearing a trench coat and some piece of cloth that looked like a penis. After he was arrested, he allegedly tried to trick the chemical breath test by attempting to eat toilet paper. His BAC measured in at 0.165%, more than twice the legal limit.

In a much more tragic event, a 21-year-old man in Oregon is facing criminal charges after a vehicle accident that resulted in another man's death. According to law enforcement, Matthew Tyler Freeman was travelling at a high rate of speed before he crashed his car, hitting the pedestrian who died at the scene.

Freeman's mugshot shows blood on his face. However, the blood was not his or blood from the accident. Freeman had applied theatrical makeup fake blood, as part of his Halloween costume. Freeman is now facing charges for criminally negligent homicide, second-degree manslaughter, DUI, reckless driving and endangerment.

At the Gorelick Law Offices, attorney Lynn Gorelick has dedicated her legal career to defending people charged with driving under the influence in the East Bay. With more than 30 years of experience, Lynn Gorelick understands how a DUI conviction can affect your future, and how to fight to keep a conviction off your record. If you are facing a DUI, contact the local East Bay DUI defense attorney who understands that you do not have to plead guilty just because you were arrested.

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Lynn Gorelick

Lynn Gorelick has been an attorney for 30 years. She is the Attorney Lynn Gorelick is the President of the California DUI Lawyers Association and a Faculty and Sustaining member of the National College of DUI Defense.

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