USA Today reported about a bizarre DWI that occurred in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. A 75 year old male, drove his Bentley up the railroad tracks. Luckily for the man in the car, the train was able to stop in time. The train was travelling around 25 miles per hour at the time the train’s engineer spotted the car and slammed on the brakes.
The man plead not guilty to his misdemeanor DWI charge, and stated that he had not been drinking but in fact he was “confused,” thought the train track was a street, and that the rain affected his visibility. However, police reports that it was not raining that evening. Further, the man failed field sobriety tests, and then refused to submit to a blood alcohol test, which led to an automatic suspension of his license pending charges.
Had the man got arrested for a DWI in New York and refused to submit to a chemical test of their breath, blood or urine, the refusal would have carried heavy consequences. A refusal can result in a license revocation of 12 to 18 months, compared to the man in this case that only had his license suspended pending charges. Additionally, the state can charge you with fines up to $750 for refusal of this test.
Further, at the scene the man failed to even recognize the dangerous situation he had placed himself in. “When asked if he was scared the train wasn’t going to stop in time, [the man] responded ‘what train?’” Spokesperson for the train company stated that the “driver is lucky to be alive.” In fact, according to the Federal Railroad Administration, in 2012 alone there were “almost 2,000 train-car collisions nationwide.” 270 of the collisions resulted in death, and more than 900 injuries.
Another bizarre DWI that USA Today reported on was a man who had a zebra and a parrot in his car when he was arrested for a DUI in Iowa. The parrot and the zebra were in the car while the man was in a local bar, and when the man left the bar he was immediately pulled over for suspicion of drunken driving. Luckily, no one, including the parrot and zebra were injured, and are safe back in their homes.
If you have received a DWI and are concerned what the possible consequences will be, speaking with an attorney will provide you some clarity. The attorneys at Nave DWI Defense Attorneys only do DWI defense, and they are knowledgeable on New York DWI laws. We are here to help you.
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