DUI Suspect Chooses Wrong County to Fake a Seizure In

DUI suspect faked seizurePeople go to great lengths to wiggle out of drunk driving arrests. They’ve switched seats with passengers, blamed beer-battered fish, and of course, fled the scene, sometimes by water.

These attempts almost never succeed: police and courts are smarter than that.

A woman in Maryland was recently picked up for running a red light. When officers asked her to submit to a sobriety test, she collapsed and began to convulse. The officers called an ambulance. According to news reports, in the ambulance she recovered quickly and told the medics that she had two previous DUIs and didn’t want to go to jail.

If the DUI suspect, one Edna Alers, was indeed drinking and driving, she picked the wrong county to do it in. Montgomery County was the beat of Noah Leotta, a police officer who was struck and killed by a drunk driver in 2015. His tragic story led to the passage of Noah’s Law, which mandates ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenses. An ignition interlock, or car breathalyzer, prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking.

If there is any place in Maryland that will not tolerate impaired driving, it is Montgomery County. Ignition interlock devices there bear the image of Officer Leotta, to remind offenders of how their actions can lead to injury and death.

A DUI is a problem for anyone. A repeat DUI is a serious problem, resulting in jail, stiff fines, and an ignition interlock. It’s easy to see how someone would want to avoid it. But what will happen to this defendant if she’s convicted doesn’t compare to what happened to Noah Leotta and his family. It’s the consequences of drunk driving to innocent people that matter most. That is what’s on our mind when we demand that drunk drivers be punished.