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Weirdest DUI Arrests This Winter

By Christopher Coble, Esq. on January 20, 2017 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

When you're drunk, you're already not thinking clearly. And if you're trying to drive drunk, you're really making some bad life choices.

The combo of drinking and driving often produces some comedic results (as long as everyone involved is uninjured), including intoxicated people operating some weird vehicles to concocting some odd excuses for driving drunk. And these are three of the funniest DUI arrests in the past few months:

1. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Drunk Driver Calls Cops on Self, Gets Arrested

Norman Boiselle of Old Mystic, Connecticut took Good Samaritan to the next level by calling police and admitting that he drove drunk. Boiselle had made it home safely, but not before plowing into a snowbank on the side of the road. Officers rewarded his good deed with an arrest and a DUI charge.

2. No Drunk Driving in a Wheelchair? Oregon Man Scoots by DUI Charge

James Richard Greene of Lincoln County had been charged with a DUI after crashing his motorized wheelchair into the side of a truck. Greene was drunk at the time and was convicted of driving under the influence at trial. But he appealed, on the grounds that he was in the crosswalk at the time, making him a pedestrian instead of a "driver" under Oregon's DUI statute. The court agreed, and tossed his conviction.

3. Woman Arrested for FUI (Forklifting Under the Influence)

We've seen DUIs on some odd "vehicles." Horses, horse-and-buggies, and wheelchairs. But this might be our first on a piece of industrial equipment. Cheyenne resident and Wyoming Forestry Division employee Ashley Basich was caught using the company forklift to lift and move her own van because it was blocking her driveway. Police found an empty bottle of beer in the cab of the forklift, and Basich blew a 0.126. As it turns out, Basich was already out of jail on bond, one of the conditions of her release being to not be arrested.

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