A 22 year old man learned from his girlfriend he was going to be a father. He wasn't ready for the news and decided to go to the bar and pound some beers and shots of tequila. Once he had his fill he got into his car, pulled out of the parking lot and caused a four-car collision.
I arrested him after performing some field sobriety tests and brought him to the station to be processed on the breathalyzer machine. I was not surprised when he blew a .250 (over three times the legal limit). The entire time he repeatedly informed me he was not drunk and, therefor, should be allowed to go home. "Please, officer. This is going to mess me up. Don't you agree? Well, then why don't you take me home. I promise I won't drive anymore."
Normally, he would receive citations and be released to a responsible party to take him home. But, one of my squadmates walked in and immediately recognized him. He arrested this same guy a month ago for causing a traffic collision while DUI.
Because of the prior DUI, his license restricted him to driving to work and school only. Since he was coming from the bar, his new DUI was elevated to Aggravated DUI. This is a class 4 felony and requires booking into the county jail. When I informed him he was being booked, his demeanor changed into Mr. Arrogant-KnowItAll-Sarcastic:
"You're not taking me to jail."
"Yes I am."
"I refuse to go to jail tonight."
"You don't have a choice."
"I know my rights and I am refusing to go to jail. I told you I'm not drunk."
"Well, the breathalyzer machine indicates your blood alcohol content is .250. The law defines impairment at .08."
"That's just your machine, I'm telling you I'm not drunk."
"You'll have a chance to present your defense to the judge once you're in jail."
"I'll beat this charge and be driving again when I get out."
Once at the jail, he became a smart-ass and told the intake nurse he was suicidal thinking this would afford him some kind of special treatment. He was right: He was assigned to a 'safe cell' which requires the prisoner to be stripped nude and placed in a tiny, featureless room with rubber walls and a hole in the floor for a toilet. Enjoy your stay.