I was riding my bicycle home from the office, and it was probably around 11:00 at night. I was stopped at an intersection when I saw a vehicle swerving down the other street . . . the driver was clearly inebriated. I carefully moved myself off the open road and over to the edge of the sidewalk, so I could call the police. I hope this guy knows how to hire a good DUI attorney. Everyone needs to have a zero-tolerance policy for drunk driving, otherwise people will continue to suffer. I know of cyclists who have been killed by drunk drivers, and as a city biker, that is discouraging and frightening. I did not want to cause anyone trouble, but when they have the negligence to drive under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance, they are asking for it.
While I was on the phone with the police dispatcher letting them know where this was happening, I saw the drunk driver wreck into a car parked on the side of the street. He hit the car hard enough to cave in the passenger and driver side doors. I said to the dispatcher, “The officer can take his time, the driver just embedded his car into a parked car. He isn’t going anywhere.” I silently grinned to myself, happy that no person had been hurt and this person was going to pay for their actions. Drunk driving is irresponsible. Personally, I avoid alcohol simply because the danger of its inebriative qualities is more than I am willing to risk. Now that the driver had wrecked into another vehicle, they emerged from their car with a drunken stumble. It was apparent just how badly this person was going to need to find a great DUI lawyer. The police were just pulling up as the driver was realizing how unfathomably ruined they were. As the officer emerged from his car, I was sitting on my bike in a loungelike fashion, watching the event unfold. I am a sucker for catastrophe. A few other people were stepping outside to witness the chaos too. I guess I’m not the only sucker.
In any case, I knew how badly this gentleman needed a lawyer because I worked as a paralegal for a local law firm that dealt specifically with this guy’s problems. I wasn’t going to go offer him a business card or anything. I’m just a paralegal. However, his situation was going to worsen considerably if he did not find himself a great lawyer. Although I could not make out their words, I could already hear the driver being argumentative with the officer. This was just something from which I could not look away. It is not every day that I get to watch an entire DUI arrest unfold 30 yards away.
For this particular driver, finding and hiring a respectable dui attorney was the best way for him to cover his bases. The officer was clearly fed up with the driver’s argumentative nature when he tased him and put him on the hood of the car. Driving drunk is an incredibly stupid decision, as evidinced by this fellow.