Consuming too much alcohol can have a negative impact on our faculties. This is one factor that can lead to the decision to drive even when a driver is not sober. If that decision to drive inebriated comes when a driver is on the clock, it will likely impact their future job prospects. Even when caught for driving under the influence (DUI), some drivers continue to make questionable decisions in interacting with police officers to explain their situation.
In Utah, a FedEx driver is likely facing the unemployment office after he was involved in a crash. Josiah Reese, 28, was making deliveries when his truck went off the road while he was making a turn, and ended up in the water. The truck landed on its side in Summit Creek, in two feet of water. Reports indicate the packages inside were unharmed, but Reese was arrested after a field sobriety test showed he was impaired.
Luckily for some, their employers are not quite so tough on their employees busted for drunk driving. Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was arrested on charges of DUI, reckless driving and speeding. Jennings was pulled over for driving 99 miles an hour in a 65 mph zone, when the arresting officer smelled alcohol. A spokesperson for the Bears said they are aware of the arrest, and in the process of gathering additional information.
It is not only legitimate careers that can be jeopardized by drunk driving, it also impacts more illicit pastimes. In Rochester, New Hampshire, a man who was suspected of robbing a gas station was arrested an hour later after crashing his car while under the influence. Daniel Wilson, 27, was arrested and charged with a DUI after his car crossed the double yellow line, and crashed into a parked vehicle. Police were surprised to find that he matched the description of the suspect who had earlier stolen money from a Shell gas station. Theft charges were tacked on, and he now remains in the Stafford County Jail, refusing bail.
After an arrest for driving while intoxicated, some drivers continue to exercise poor judgement, all the way to the courthouse. In Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, a man was being sentenced for drunk driving, when he had someone come to testify on his behalf. Unfortunately for Honny Landy Mejia, 29, the person he asked to speak on his behalf was his girlfriend's 12-year-old son. The judge was not impressed. Judge Maria L. Dantos called Mejia's move “disgraceful” when the child began to cry in court. Mejia has been ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, complete treatment, and pay a $1,500 fine.
Unfortunately for some people, it is not even the decision to drink alcohol that renders them unable to drive. For a woman in New York, consuming a baking ingredient was apparently behind her undoing. Police in Macedon, New York found a woman driving erratically around a Walmart parking lot. Carolyn Kesel, 46, was showing signs of drunkenness, when she told officers she had gotten lost trying to drive home. The culprit was a bottle of vanilla extract, which gave Kesel a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) three times the legal limit. Vanilla extract contains approximately 40% alcohol.