Woman Pulls Over to Chat With Cops, Gets Arrested for DUI
Sometimes a routine traffic stop can set off a chain of events that ends up revealing more than routine information. It happened recently in Fremont, Nebraska, when police officers conducted a traffic stop in the wee hours of a Saturday morning. They pulled over the vehicle of 56-year-old Daniel Copple for a check. Stops at that hour are common, since that is when drunk drivers are out and about.
While the stop was underway, another car pulled up. The second driver, who turned out to be a relative of Copple’s, proceeded to engage the cops in conversation.
But why? What would make someone stop and chat with a police officers while they were doing their job?
Distraction, perhaps? Could the second driver know that the first driver had something to hide, so she decided to put up a smoke screen of conversation?
If so, it was an unwise decision on her part. Police smelled alcohol on her, so they gave her a field sobriety test which ended in her arrest for DUI. Perhaps the alcohol impaired her judgement enough to make her think she could stop and converse with police officers while under the influence.
As it turned out, the police bagged two offenders with one stop. Copple was arrested as well, for marijuana possession and for driving without a license.
While it sounds like an unusual occurrence, this incident really wasn’t – it consists of two of the most common road-related violations:
- drunk driving, and
- driving without a license
We all know about drunk driving because of the toll it takes on the nation’s roadways: some 10,000 deaths a year. But many people don’t realize how often people drive without a license. They’ll drive when their license expires, but worse, they’ll drive when their license has been revoked. That is the reason that license suspension is a poor method of combatting drunk driving.
It’s hard to think of a method that will persuade people not to ignore suspensions. That’s why ignition interlocks were invented to prevent drunk drivers from reoffending: they work, whereas suspensions don’t.
And trying to distract the cops at a routine traffic stop doesn’t work either – in case you were wondering.