B-Why did you ask me to interview you about your DUI?
M=Because it just about ruined my life. I want people to know how bad it is to get a Dooey.
B-Do you feel like you deserved a DUI?
M-I still don’t know. I didn’t think I was drunk at the time, I really thought I was fine to be driving.
B-Set the scene, how did you wind up behind the wheel?
M-It was St. Patrick’s Day. I wanted to go see a band I like at an Irish bar in Kirkland.
B-Going to Kirkland to have a good time was your first mistake.
M-Normally you’d be right, but this band has a guy that plays an electric violin and he shreds on it like an electric guitar.
B-I think I’m still right. Were you dancing around, acting crazy and doing shots of whiskey like Shia LaBeouf?
M-No, the band wasn’t there for some reason so my buddy and I decided to leave.
B-How much did you drink?
M-Three Guinness’s each.
B-Over what period of time?
M-I dunno really. Maybe an hour. We were thinking about staying for the show and then the show never happened. It threw us off.
B-I was going to say I thought you hate Guinness..
M-I do, but it was a drink special for St. Paddy’s. I think that’s what made me blow over the limit. It’s a heavier beer than I usually drink when I’m out.
B-Were you swerving, how did you get pulled over?
M-First of all, there were cops everywhere looking for drunk drivers because everyone is supposed to party hard on Paddy’s Day, right?
M-I’m not stupid. I knew there were lots of cops out around the bars, but I felt fine. I wasn’t worried about it all. I got pulled over for going like 40mph on a road that goes from a 25mph speed limit to 35mph before it switches to 35mph.
B-And the cop thought you were drunk?
M-I think he just assumed it. I argued with him and asked him why he was asking me to do sobriety tests which probably wasn't a good idea. I asked him if he thought I was drunk and he said he thought I might be close or something like that. Then he said that if I blew close to the limit he would just let me leave my car and take a taxi home.
B-Obviously it didn’t turn out that way.
M-I blew a 0.89.
Maury’s car was impounded. At the police station he was charged with a DUI and released. From there the financial buggering began:
-Car retrieval from impound: $250
-Good lawyer: $5,000
-Court Fines: $1,500
-DUI Victims Panel & 8-hour class - $100
-Alcohol Evaluation - $100
-SR22 Auto insurance (Required for three years): Doubled his original rate
-Ignition Interlock Device
Installation - $100
Monthly Service (x3) - $100
(Costs are close estimates)
Maury’s lawyer reduced the DUI charge to negligent driving. A year of probation later his record was cleared and his life savings were nearly decimated.
M-I think the whole thing probably cost me close to ten-thousand dollars or something like that. The worst part though was that my job at the time had me making deliveries in a company truck. When they took my normal license away during the (court) hearings my work fired me.
B-This all sounds incredibly depressing.
M-It was one of the worst couple months of my life. I’m still pretty broke from it.
B-And cheap. You still owe me gas money from that trip to Bellingham.
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B-What’s your message to people reading this regarding the whole ordeal?
M-Just don’t even try it. It doesn’t matter whether you’re drunk or not… There were people in the class I had to take that got arrested for blowing under the limit. If you drink at all and a cop wants to **** you over he can; it’s his word against yours.
B-But were there people in the class that you thought deserved to be there?
M-Oh yeah. A few of them literally blacked out behind the wheel. They could have killed someone. I never did anything like that, but it doesn’t matter. The point is you just shouldn’t try it. It’s true what they say, ‘You could pay for a lot of taxi rides with ten-thousand dollars.’
Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.
Thanks for sharing, Maury. I’m glad you’re not Ryan Dunn.