Sunday, June 23, 2013
Drunk driver hands police his beer
A suspected drunk driver handed police a can of beer when they asked for his driver's license and then claimed to be an assassin for the U.S. government after officers stopped him last week in Kent. The bizarre incident unfolded on the evening of June 8 as officers responded to a 7-Eleven parking lot after receiving 911 calls about a drunk driver, said Assistant Chief Pat Lowery of the Kent police. Arriving at the scene, officers spotted the man walking out of the store toward his car with a can of beer in his hand. Several witnesses told police they had seen the man drive into the parking lot and became concerned when they saw how drunk he appeared to be. But when officers asked the man for his driver's license, he said he didn't have to cooperate in any way and then handed the officers the can of beer, Lowery said.He said officers were somewhat surprised by that. "When you ask somebody for a driver's license, you're not expecting a can of beer, that's for sure," he said. But that's not all. The suspected drunk driver then went on to make several claims that he was a paid assassin for the U.S. government and that he had killed several people on behalf of the government. "Based on his physical demeanor, his physical condition, he was obviously intoxicated, so the officer placed him under arrest for DUI," Lowery said. While talking with the man, later identified as Omar Medina, 26, officers also learned that he had three previous DUI arrests and that his license had been revoked. He was placed under arrest on suspicion of felony DUI and driving with a suspended license. Lowery said this was a great example of the public alerting the police to a potentially dangerous situation and working with officers to avert the danger. "And because of that, we potentially avoided a very serious traffic accident, likely injuries or death," Lowery said. "Mr. Medina was very intoxicated, based on what I've seen in the report. There's no doubt he could have caused a great deal of trouble." Getting a DUI has never been more serious. Now more than ever it is imperative that a person charged with DUI in Washington State retain a qualified Seattle DUI attorney or a qualified Bellevue DUI lawyer in order to best minimize potential legal consequences and protect their rights and interests. The Seattle criminal attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified Seattle DUI lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those charged with DUI in Western Washington. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the DUI allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible. If you or a loved one is cited for, or charged with, DUI in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County, Kitsap County, Thurston County or one of the following cities or towns: Algona, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Burien, Des Moines, Duvall, Edmonds, Enumclaw, Everett, Federal Way, fife, Hunts Point, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Maple Valley, Marysville, Medina, Mercer Island, Milton, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, New Castle, Normandy Park, North Bend, Olympia, Puyallup, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Sea Tac, Seattle, Shoreline, Snohomish, Sumner, Tacoma, Tukwila, University Place, and/or Woodinville, or any other city or town in Western Washington, call The Criminal Defense Team of SQ Attorneys at (206) 441-0900 for an initial free consultation.