Florida Woman Blames Eggroll For Erratic Driving, Gets DUI Charges
People often say crazy things to get out of tickets and crimes. A Florida woman recently told police that the reason she was driving erratically was that she had eaten an eggroll.
Was it true? Not quite. Police did not find any sign of an eggroll in the woman’s possession. Instead, they found loose pills and plastic baggies. The woman now faces DUI charges.
The incident happened in the early morning hours of November 14. An officer from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department pulled over the 45-year-old woman after she was seen swerving and driving dangerously. The woman was mumbling and slurring her words and had an odor of alcohol on her breath. The woman also could not follow simple instructions by the sheriff’s deputy.
The woman told the deputy her driving was caused by an eggroll, although no eggroll was found in the vehicle. Prescription drugs and controlled substances were found in the vehicle, though, and the woman did not have prescriptions for any of them. One of them was Tramadol, an opioid used for pain relief.
The woman later admitted that she had been drinking at her boyfriend’s house earlier. Police also believe she was under the influence of the pills found in her car.
The woman was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and possession of drugs without a prescription, both misdemeanors. She was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony. The woman was originally booked into the Pinellas County Jail on a $2,000 bond. However, she was released later that day on her own recognizance. She has a criminal history that includes violation of probation and disorderly conduct.
Being under the influence of an eggroll is not commonly recognized as a valid defense to DUI. However, there are some defenses you can use, such as the following:
- Inaccurate breath test. Breathalyzers are often used to measure breath alcohol, but they are not always accurate. Even when they are properly calibrated, they are known to give false high readings.
- Inaccurate field sobriety test. These tests are supposed to be standardized, but they rarely are. For example, touching your finger to your nose and reciting the alphabet are not standardized tests. At best, these tests are 70% accurate and even invalid for some groups of people.
- Illegal stop. A police officer cannot perform a traffic stop just because they feel like it. There must be a valid reason, such as a traffic violation. A motorist cannot be stopped simply based on a guess.
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Drinking and driving is not a joke. Denying it or blaming your erratic driving on something else is not funny, as your behavior can cause a deadly accident.
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