Police officers face are used to hearing drivers swear at them, threaten them with a lawsuit, or call them all sorts of names. Police officers may also face physical harm from intoxicated drivers. However, a state trooper in Massachusetts had a driver cast a spell on the officer after a DUI arrest.
Massachusetts State Troopers arrived on the scene of a car on the side of the highway in Hopkinton at about 3 o'clock in the morning. The vehicle was in the breakdown lane of I-495, with a man inside. Stewart Anderson, 36 of Southborough, was found in possession of an open bottle of alcohol and a bottle of prescription muscle relaxant pills.
Anderson admitted to taking two of the pills before driving. After reportedly failing a number of field sobriety tests, the man was placed under arrest. After he was handcuffed, Anderson reportedly cast a spell on the officer.
“Bam, I just shot acid at you,” Anderson said. “Your life is over. It's going to eat away your face.”
Anderson was on probation for a prior drunken driving charge, and had his bail denied. When questioned about attempting to cast a spell on the trooper, Anderson told a judge that he did not know how to cast a spell.
This was not the only reported incident of a driver allegedly threatening officers with magic. A woman from Greenwich, Connecticut reportedly cast a voodoo spell on officers. Ivy Johnson, 41, was pulled over by Stamford police for driving a stolen car. Johnson reportedly denied the car being stolen but was placed under arrest. According to officers, Johnson told them she would put a curse on them if they touched her property.
Drivers are not alone in coming up with unique ways to punish police for what they see as wrongful treatment. A police department in Canada has apologized for their comments that they would punish drunk drivers by forcing them to listen to the band Nickelback.
The Kensington Police Service in Prince Edward Island posted a Facebook message intended to deter impaired driving. The post featured an image of the band Nickelback, along with the message: “And when we catch you, and we will catch you, on top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge, and a years driving suspension we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the office's copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail.”
After news of the post became public, the band asked the department to remove the message. An officer with the department said he didn't carefully consider his actions when he came up with the social media post. Constable Robb Hartlen has since apologized to the band.
If you are unfairly arrested for a DUI, you should not have it out with the officer on the side of the road. Instead, fight your arrest in court with the law on your side. With more than 30 years of experience defending people facing DUI charges in the East Bay, Lynn Gorelick understands how a conviction can affect your future. Contact the East Bay DUI defense attorney who understands that you do not have to plead guilty just because you were arrested.