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Weird Parking Job Leads To DUI Arrest


Intoxication can affect a person’s judgment and make it harder for them to do various tasks, including parking. A Florida man was recently arrested for DUI after his unusual parking job.

On August 30, police in Clearwater located a Lexus RX hanging off a seawall over Clearwater Bay. The SUV was parked on Coronado Drive, behind Pier House 60. There was a paved parking lot nearby.

Police conducted an investigation. The driver, a 38-year-old man, was located and charged with DUI. He was later released. He was not injured in the incident.

DUI When a Vehicle is Parked

A DUI charge means that a person was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. So can a person be charged with DUI when a vehicle is parked?

Yes, it is possible. However, the prosecutor must be able to prove that the person was actually driving while under the influence. This is called an attempted DUI, which means that while a person may not be charged with driving under the influence, they can instead be charged with intention to drive while under the influence. Attempted DUI allows the police to stop drivers before they drive, which can prevent a car accident.

A person can be prosecuted if it can be proven that they were attempting to drive or even driving. Courts will look at all the possible indicators, such as the following:

  • Were the keys in the ignition?
  • Were the vehicle’s lights on?
  • Was the parking brake released?
  • Was the vehicle in operation at the time of the stop?
  • Were the driver’s belongings on the passenger seat?

The best way to avoid a DUI charge is to simply not drive when you have drunk alcohol.

You can avoid an attempted DUI by doing the following:

  • Do not look like you are ready to drive. Remove the keys from the ignition, turn off interior lights, and avoid moving the vehicle.
  • Do not sleep in the front of the vehicle. If a police officer sees you in the driver’s seat, they will assume you have been driving. If you must sleep, do so in the backseat of your vehicle.

Dealing with an attempted DUI can be complex. There are gray areas that can cause you to be charged with a crime you did not commit. Contact a attorney right away to protect your legal rights.

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Alcohol can cause people to do stupid things. It messes with a person’s judgment and, as seen in this case, it can make it harder for them to drive and park.

Bad parking jobs can lead to DUI charges. Seek legal help from the Florida DUI defense attorneys at Meldon Law. We can provide you with aggressive legal representation. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling (800) 373-3000 or filling out the online form. We have three offices to serve you: Gainesville, Ocala, and Fort Lauderdale.


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