Drivers arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence may blame a car accident on the other driver, or a prescription medication that they were unaware could impair their driving. However, other drivers blame a drunk driving arrest on other factors, which the police and judges may have a hard time believing.
Elizabeth Lundberg was traveling at a high rate of speed when she got into an accident with three other vehicles in Lino Lakes, Minnesota. When police arrived, they observed Lundberg with bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech, and the smell of alcohol on her breath. Lundberg told police that she was upset over the outcome of the presidential election and asked to be let go.
Police officers transported Lundberg to the police station. However, when she tried to give a breath sample, she reportedly lost her balance, breaking the chemical breath test machine. She was then taken to another police station where her blood alcohol content was measured at 0.33%, over 4 times the legal limit.
Heather Wilsey, a 27-year-old attorney in Ohio should have understood the risks associated with lying to a judge. After she was involved in a drunk driving crash, Wilsey blamed the accident on a made-up man who was driving her home. She said the unidentified man fled after the crash. However, surveillance video showed Wilsey driving her own car at the time. She was sentenced to 10 days in jail for obstruction.
A man in Wisconsin was arrested for his 10th DUI after police noticed his car cross over the centerline of a highway. According to the officer, the driver, John Przybyla, smelled like alcohol. The man failed a field sobriety test but denied drinking alcohol. Instead, he said the smell of alcohol was from eating beer-battered fish earlier in the evening. His blood alcohol level came back at 0.062%, which is under the legal limit. However, in Wisconsin, the legal limit for a resident with 3 or more DUI convictions is 0.02%.
Another Wisconsin driver was slightly less creative when explaining his second DUI. A 23-year-old Germantown man was involved in an accident when his vehicle struck an electrical pole. He refused a preliminary alcohol screening test; however, sheriff's officers obtained a blood draw search warrant. The driver blamed his drinking on the State of Wisconsin, because “the drinking culture in Wisconsin gives him no other choice but to drink.”
When police responded to a single-vehicle accident in Plains Township, Pennsylvania, the driver reportedly showed signs of alcohol impairment. The driver admitted to drinking alcohol at a nearby casino earlier in the evening. However, the driver instead blamed the accident on Pokemon Go. He said he was playing the app-based game on his phone, which distracted him, causing him to crash. He was charged with drunk driving.
At Gorelick Law Offices, attorney Lynn Gorelick has dedicated her legal career to defending people facing DUI charges in the East Bay. With more than 30 years of experience, Lynn Gorelick understands that you may not be at fault for a DUI accident. If you are charged with drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs, contact the local East Bay DUI defense attorney who understands that you do not have to plead guilty just because you were arrested.