Police officers may arrest multiple drivers for a Los Angeles DUI within a short period for time when they’re conducting sobriety check points, but it’s not as usual for them to nab two DUI drivers at a time at a traffic stop.
When a Florida Highway Patrol officer pulled 31-year-old Josue Moncado over for reckless driving on I-75 near Ocala, he smelled alcohol on his breath. The officer had just arrested Josue when his sister, Ercilia Moncado, pulled up and began arguing with the trooper. Another officer called to the scene ended up arresting the woman for DUI as well; she allegedly tried to escape from the patrol car, but officers managed to quickly recapture her.
No word on whether the Moncado siblings got adjoining cells.
Also a nominee in the category of “drivers who appear to be begging for a DUI arrest” is a woman recently arrested by the California Highway Patrol. The unnamed driver had allegedly stopped her car in the middle of the freeway, climbed up on the roof and began dancing. She apparently was a real entertainer; as the CHP troopers approached, she began singing as well.
According to NBC Los Angeles, the CHP sent both a helicopter and officers in patrol cars to the scene. After they got the woman down from the roof and the vehicle moved to the shoulder, the officers arrested her on charges of drug-related DUI.
Finally, a Worcester, Massachusetts, woman who literally asked officers to take her to jail got her wish. Vanessa I. Smeidy, age 28, admitted to police that she had three beers and three shots before she got in the car and started driving–with her one-year old child in the car. When officers were talking to her, she turned around, put her hands behind her back and said “Take me to jail.” Police obliged Smeidey and arrested her on charges of DUI, reckless child endangerment and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
California’s Vehicle Code 23572 says that someone arrested for DUI with a child under 14 in the car may also face charges of misdemeanor child endangerment.
Our team at the Kraut Law Group can help you understand your charges and resist them intelligently and strategically. Call us now for a private, thorough consultation about your Los Angeles DUI defense.