Origins: Although the following tale shares some elements with the well-known urban legend about a drunk who makes off with a police cruiser while the arresting officer is momentarily distracted and then parks the vehicle (with its colored lights still flashing) in his own garage, it is a quite different story. And this one is 100% true, to boot.
In February 2009, Trooper Trevor Downey of the Washington State Patrol made the easiest driving under the influence (DUI) arrest we've heard of. Downey, a rookie with all of six weeks on the job, began tailing a suspect driving a Dodge Avenger at
Trooper Downey asked the Dodge's driver, 31-year-old Joseph Takesgun, what he was doing there. He lived there, replied Takesgun.
Sadly for this drunk, that was the wrong answer. Had the property where he'd brought his car to rest belonged to anyone else, the ruse might have worked.
The driveway and the garage belonged to Trooper Downey.
Takesgun (who had three previous DUI convictions) was arrested on suspicion of DUI and driving with an invalid license.
While speeding is the far more common vehicular offense, it is possible in some states to be arrested for driving so far under the speed limit as to pose a
Indeed, a venerable urban legend about a
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Last updated: 5 May 2010
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