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Strange DUI: Man Gets DUI in His Own Driveway

Another strange DUI tale emerged from Pennsylvania today. A 57-year-old man from Paisley, Pennsylvania got a DUI in his own front yard, as he was allegedly too drunk to pull his car out of his driveway, reports the Daily Commercial.

Dennis Kaywood Jones was reported to the police by a neighbor after he drunkenly tried to pull out of his driveway and hit his fence and trees. He apparently failed so miserably at backing his car up that he continued to hit the fence and trees for fifteen minutes before someone alerted authorities.

When the police arrived, Jones was still stuck, as his tires had dug a ditch in the mud and he was spinning out. Jones was slurring his speech, smelled of alcohol, and was missing one of the lenses from his glasses. Jones admitted to drinking, “less than a pint” of vodka that morning. He somehow failed the field sobriety tests and blew a reported 0.242 on a Breathalyzer test, more than three times the limit in Pennsylvania. Jones was then charged with DUI.

It is important to remember that you can still be charged with a DUI, even if you are only operating a vehicle on private property. You can even be charged with a DUI if you are in the driver’s seat, with the car parked, but not moving. When drunk, it is better to be nowhere near the front seat of the car, even if it is not moving.

For these borderline cases, it really is best to talk to an attorney, as every state has weird cases that have been tried, appealed, and debated. A lawyer can find the narrow differences and help you formulate a defense.

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