Illinois police arrested a man who was passed out in his running car. When police woke the driver up and asked him if he knew where he was, the driver responded by saying "Seattle, Washington," reports the Oak Forest Patch.
The police received a report of a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot shortly after noon last week. The vehicle was still running, but was parked in a no-parking zone. The driver, 35-year-old Stanley Hunter, was turned toward the window and was asleep. An officer opened the car door and turned the engine off. The police officer then shook the suspect's shoulder waking him. Hunter reportedly had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. He was asked a few questions including whether he knew where he was.
After a failed field sobriety test and being half-a-country away from where thought he was, police arrested Hunter and he was charged with driving under the influence, driving without insurance, and he was also issued a parking ticket.
Even had Hunter been arrested in Seattle, Washington, he likely would have been charged with a DUI. Illinois and Washington DUI laws are similar in that someone may be charged with drunk driving even if they are not actually driving. Generally, if an intoxicated individual has control of a vehicle, that person could be charged with a DUI regardless of whether they are operating the vehicle at the time of arrest.
If you have any questions about Washington DUI laws or need assistance with a drunk driving charge, contact an attorney at Wolff Criminal Defense. We are experienced Seattle DUI defense attorneys and can advocate for your rights. Contact us at 425-284-2000 to discuss the specifics of your case.