DUI Suspect, When Grilled, Claims He’s “Burger King.”

crown with handcuffsWe’re not sure what the attraction of fast-food places is to drunk drivers, but they seem to go together. A number of times in the past we’ve noted the tendency of impaired drivers to try to satisfy their munchies at a drive-thru window, most recently with an order of 200 hash browns.

This time the drunk driver didn’t just visit the fast-food outlet – he impersonated the king of one. Police answered a call in the wee hours (it’s always the wee hours) that a man had crashed a car in a parking lot after nearly missing a pedestrian.

When confronted by police, the suspect told them his name was “Burger King.”

No one from the Burger royal family interceded, and the man was taken to the police station and then the hospital.

The charges that he faces are a catalog of the types of offenses that mount up when drivers get drunk:

  • Driving under the influence
  • Resisting arrest
  • Reckless driving
  • Failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident
  • Operating an uninsured vehicle

Illinois is far from the best place for a person to drive drunk in. The state provides sobriety checkpoints to watch for drunk drivers. It does not allow drunk driving suspects to refuse a sobriety test – doing so results in automatic suspension.

Most important, Illinois mandates ignition interlocks – called Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices (BAIIDs) in that state – for all drunk driving offenders, including first offenders.

Chances are that this Burger King DUI will mean fines, jail time, an ignition interlock, and other consequences as well. All of which reminds us that drunk driving is not only dangerous – if you’re caught, it’s a royal pain.