When a 28-year-old man stopped by the side of the road in Maryland due to a flat tire, he had no idea help would come in the shape it did. The driver had pulled over at the intersection of Route 197 and Route 198.
He had no idea the Good Samaritan who came to his aid would be a police chief from Laurel, Maryland. The officer stopped when he saw the vehicle in distress. Upon approaching the driver, he observed a strong odor of alcohol on the young man's breath. The law enforcement radioed in for back-up.
The police chief asked for a driver's license, but became suspicious when the driver had handed him a temporary license. In the officer's experience, individuals suspected of drunk driving are given a temporary license before their cases become adjudicated.
Officers took the young man to the barracks at College Park and administered a Breathalyzer test. The results were an astonishing .36, four and a half times over the legal limit in the state of Maryland. Upon running the man's credentials through the system, it was determined that he had a prior DUI near Laurel Bowie and Contee Road.
The man explained he had been on his way to work when he got a flat tire. The police chief stated that the man should not have been driving with that much alcohol in his system. He said that quantity of alcohol in his system could have caused his death.
The officer expressed the belief that this incident might provide a message to others choosing to drive while intoxicated. He added that in the majority of such cases, the person drinking and driving would be caught.
Anyone pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving in the state of Maryland runs the risk of getting a DUI. Upon conviction, penalties can include loss of license, significant fines and time in jail.
If you or someone you know has been caught drinking and driving, you need the dedication of a trusted individual who can commit to helping you in determining if the circumstances were fair that led to you being taken into custody. While driving while under the influence carries harsh consequences, you still have rights under the law.
Source: Baltimore Sun, "Laurel police chief stops alleged drunk driver" Amanda Yeager, May. 13, 2014