We can add another ridiculous shirt to the ones people have been wearing when they got arrested. Harrison Wootton, a 25-year old from Connecticut, was arrested for a DUI while wearing a shirt that reads “Hold My Beer and Watch This”. “This” apparently entailed getting behind the wheel of an unregistered motor vehicle, losing control and crashing into the stone wall surrounding a cemetery. He then proceeded to try to flee the scene as officers arrived, but was apprehended and charged.
Geez, man, how do you hit a cemetery?
That’s the second incriminating DUI shirt mug shot in just a few weeks, after our friend from St. Patrick’s Day.
Or this guy…
Elwood “Drunk Lives Matter” Gutshall
Elwood Gutshall III was pulled over and arrested for drunk driving, wearing a St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt, even though it was a couples days past the holiday. His oh-so-clever shirt read “Drunk Lives Matter”. He blew .217, more than two and a half times the limit in Pennsylvania, and will go to court next month to answer his charge.
Ironically, it’s the three-year anniversary of a similar story we ran, where an alleged drunk driver was busted while wearing a shirt that says, “Drunk as Sh**”.
Believe it or not, neither of these busts occurred in Florida!
The holiday season, in particular Thanksgiving week, tends to accompany in increase in drinking, which may also correlate to an increase in drunk drivingcorrelate to an increase in drunk driving / DUI situations. Be sure to be safe out there, use a designated driver or rideshare system. I’m a fan of Uber, but right now you can get a $50 credit toward your first rides on Lyft. Plan ahead, and be safe- it’s no fun to get arrested ever, but even less fun the night before your family get-together. And keep your attorney’s number with you! 239-333-4686
Always a bad idea to drink and drive, and one of the purposes of law enforcement operations is to remind people of the dangers. I hear there will be a checkpoint in or around Fort Myers tonight. Cape Coral is having a high-visibility DUI enforcement operation. And Cincincinnati friends, there is a checkpoint in Hamilton County (possibly Mariemont area).
A man drove into a house the other day in Cape Coral– police say he was under the influence of alcohol. Fortunately, nobody was home at the time, as the home sustained $50,000 in damages. The first officer on the scene was none other than interim Cape Coral Police Chief Dave Newlan. You’d think getting the big seat would have him off DUI duty, but when duty called, he responded. Turns out Newlan happened to be at a house nearby, and responded to the scene, detaining Gregory Fischer until other officers arrived. Fischer was charged with a DUI with Damage.
This calls to mind an incident a few months back in Fort Myers, when interim FMPD Chief Dennis Eads also responded to a call. As they say, cops are always on duty!
Cape Coral Police will be hosting a DUI checkpoint tonight. It’s a holiday weekend, and this serves as a good time for a reminder to be safe, don’t drink and drive!
- Drunk Driving Numbers Are Falling in many Jurisdictions
- Ride Sharing Programs Claims Some Credit
- Critics Blame Lack of Enforcement
Ride sharing apps were in the news this week when Uber and Lyft decided to pull out of serving Austin, TX due to strict local ordinances. This may make the streets less safe, because a great deal of the business for these apps are taking people home late at night and on weekends: providing a convenient alternative to driving for many people who have been out on the town and possibly drinking.
The old Lyft ‘Stache
The ride sharing apps are quick to take credit for drops in DUI arrest numbers. Arrest numbers indicate declines in Florida cities, including the Miami and Tampa areas. Law enforcement agencies in Tampa were willing to give some credit to ride sharing, but also indicated there had been less enforcement going on due to shortages and other factors. MADD says there has been a major shortage of enforcement in Dade County jurisdictions, but the drop in arrests is likely due to a variety of factors, ranging from ride-sharing to less overtime for officers than they used to get on DUI cases.
Hopefully the decline in arrests is indicative of less people drinking and driving, and keeping the roads safer for all of us. If Uber and Lyft help, we can all get behind that. The numbers so far certainly favor the increase accessibility of ride-sharing apps.