A man from Colorado attempted to trick the police when he was flagged for speeding, by switching his position in the car with his dog. The incident took place on the night of May 13th in Springfield, Colorado after a patrol officer observed the vehicle “traveling at 52 miles per hour in a posted 30 mile per hour zone near 7th and Main St.”. The Springfield Police Department (SPD) later released a statement stating that when they approached the car, they saw the man attempting to switch places with his dog, which was in the passenger seat. The driver then exited the passenger side of the vehicle, claiming that he had not been driving, which made the police suspicious.
The officer noticed that the driver was clearly intoxicated and tried to flee when asked about his alcohol consumption, but he was quickly apprehended by the police after a 20-yard chase. After the arrest, it was discovered that the man was driving from Las Animas to Pueblo when he got lost in Springfield. Additionally, the driver had two active warrants for his arrest from Pueblo.
The driver was sent to the hospital for a medical check-up before being booked into the Baca County Jail. The police have charged him with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while ability impaired, driving under suspension, speeding 20-24 over, and resisting arrest. During the incident, the Bent County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene and assisted the SPD.
The man’s dog was handed over to one of his acquaintances to be taken care of while he is in jail. The SPD explained that the dog does not face any charges and was let go with just a warning.
The police have warned that drunk drivers put the lives of themselves and other road users at risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 10,000 individuals were killed in drunk driving incidents in 2018. Drunk driving is a serious offense, one that cannot be taken lightly. The police have encouraged drivers to plan ahead to avoid any instance of drunk driving.
Driving under the influence puts both the driver and passengers at risk, and the consequences can be severe. Drivers caught while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs may face imprisonment, suspension of their driver’s license, hefty fines, and even loss of their employment. When driving, it is essential to focus solely on the road while keeping in mind the safety of oneself and all other road users.
In conclusion, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal, and it can cause severe damage to individuals’ lives. It is important to have a clear understanding of the laws and regulations related to driving under the influence to prevent such accidents from happening. The story of the man trying to switch seats with his dog highlights the foolishness of drunk driving. It is important to remember that alcohol affects our ability to make sound decisions, and it should never be mixed with driving. The police are always on the lookout for drunk drivers, and those caught face the full wrath of the law. Thus, it is best to plan ahead before drinking and assign a sober driver, use public transportation, or a ride-sharing service to avoid driving under the influence and endangering oneself and others.