Vampire Arrested for Drunk Driving? It Happened in Wisconsin (Or Not).

drunk driver will bite officers' throatsYou often hear about drunk drivers engaging in unwise behavior. People have been known to offer cops beer, pizza, and and even a Mcdonald’s gift card. Then there’s the DUI suspect who laughed hysterically, and the one who wore a ridiculously appropriate t-shirt.

But have we had any vampires before now?

That was the threat of a woman in Waukesha County, Wisconsin who was picked up for what could be her fourth OWI conviction. According to news reports, she threatened to bite the throats of the policemen who arrested her and said that someone was going to die.

It began, as many drunk driving arrests to, with a cracked tail light. The officer than saw that she was driving outside the time allotted by her restricted license. Worse, she had not installed the ignition interlock device that she’d been ordered to. An ignition interlock, or car breathalyzer, prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking. Finally, she was given field sobriety tests, which she failed.

Those offenses were enough to have her arrested. Wisconsin does not have specific laws against vampires, though had she actually bitten their throats additional charges would surely have been laid.

This story highlights one of the problems with Wisconsin’s ignition interlock program: weak enforcement. Had the driver had the device installed, she would not have been able to start her vehicle that evening. She would not have endangered herself, her children (who were in the car with her) or other drivers and pedestrians on the road. Ignition interlocks work, but they need to be installed.

Wisconsin, like many states, needs better follow-up to ensure that these life-saving devices are used. It should also follow the recommendations of MADD, road safety organizations and law enforcement associations and require ignition interlocks for all OWI offenses, including first offenses.

Fight vampires however you want. We can’t say for certain that the woman in question was a vampire. But enforcing ignition interlock laws would take a bite out of drunk driving in Wisconsin.