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Top 5 Strange DUIs, From Drunk Jockeys to Driverless Cars

By Christopher Coble, Esq. | Last updated on

There's your classic DUI, where someone is pulled over for swerving or at a checkpoint, smells like alcohol, slurs his speech, fails some roadside tests, and gets arrested. These are, sadly, almost too common to count.

But then there are your more adventurous drunk driving affairs, involving pet squirrels and attempts to fake black ice on the road. Here are five of our favorite strange DUI stories, from the FindLaw archives.

1. Man Gets a DUI for Riding a Horse in Kentucky

Let's face it, if a man is going to get a DUI on a horse, it's going to happen in the Bluegrass State. And let this be a lesson to all of you who think that as long as you're not "driving," per se, that you can't get a DUI.

2. Woman Drinks Hand Sanitizer, Gets Arrested for DUI

A DUI is about what state you're in, not necessarily what substance you're on. And by that we mean DUI charges aren't limited to driving under the influence of alcohol, or just the influence of drugs. A perfectly innocent substance (although one meant for external use, not internal consumption) get you a DUI just as easy an illicit one.

3. 2-Man-1-Car-3-Crash DUI May Be a First

We've all been there -- cruising around with your buddy, bouncing your car off street signs, parked cars, and police cruisers, all while switching seats in between accidents. Were the swapped seats an effort to throw the cops off their scent? Or an attempt to settle, for good this time, who was more drunk? We may never know.

4. Man's DUI Alibi: Aliens Dumped Him at Crash Site

Poor Joel Lankford, an innocent Georgia man framed by dastardly aliens. I bet "Independence Day" is his favorite movie.

5. Can You Get a DUI in a Self-Driving Car?

This is a strange one we're still trying to sort out. So far, no autonomous automobile or its driver/passenger has been cited for drunk driving. But the way car companies are treating accidents and the way DUI statutes are enforced, you're likely on the hook, even if your hands aren't on the wheel.

This post is fun, but drunk driving charges are no joke. If you've been charged with a DUI, contact an experienced DUI attorney today.

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