No Front Tires: Subtle Hint That Illinois Driver Was DUI

dui-without-front-tiresForget something?

A man in Riverside, Illinois was picked up and charged with DUI. The police didn’t have to look too closely for indicators that the driver was impaired. The fact that the vehicle had no front tires pretty much told the cops what they needed to know.

But wait, there’s more.  There was heavy damage to the front end, the ripped metal causing the car to leave a trail of sparks as it drove. The driver, Marco Nieves, had blood on his shirt, alcohol on his breath, and no recollection of the collision that caused the damage to his car.

As it turned out, he’d struck a pole a while back. The police concluded that Nieves was liable for quite a few charges:

  • Leaving the scene of the accident (if you want to call it an accident).
  • Driving with unsafe tires (non-existent is presumably unsafe).
  • Drive with a suspended license, and of course.
  • Aggravated DUI. A DUI charge is “aggravated” when, in addition to driving drunk the offender has other serious factors working against him or her. These include prior DUI convictions, speeding, reckless driving, and driving while suspended. Most of those boxes were checked in this incident.
(image: Riverside Police)

This was not a difficult charge for the Riverside Police to make, thanks to the preponderance of evidence. And because of Mr. Nieves’s 19 previous arrests, the judge will probably be on the tough side when it comes time to do the sentencing.

Each day, almost 300,000 people decide to drive drunk. The tiniest percentage of those get arrested, but it’s vital that we all do our part to keep people from making that decision. This incident ended without a a death or even a serious injury, but think of how bad it could have been.

tireThat’s why citizens need to call in when they see a drunk driver, and take the keys when they can. It’s not always easy, but drunk drivers are persistent, so we need to be, uh, tireless.