As controversial as drinking and driving is, sometimes there are news stories about OWI that are amusing -- at least, to those of us not facing the charges.
WXIN-TV is reporting that a Michigan county commissioner was arrested back in December on suspicion of drinking and driving. According to the report, Montcalm County Commissioner Jeremy Miller blamed a craving for “those damn chicken nuggets” for his actions that night.
The arrest occurred on Dec. 18, but apparently was not made public until March 2. The arresting officer claimed in a report that he observed Miller driving 58 mph in a 30 mph zone and pulled him over.
The officer says there was an odor of alcohol on Miller’s body and that Miller failed a field sobriety test. He arrested Miller and asked if the man, who had been elected to the Montcalm County Commission the previous month, if he understood why he was being arrested.
“Because I was being stupid, those damn chicken nuggets,” Miller is quoted as responding. The news report provides no context, but it is possible that Miller had been driving to a fast food restaurant when the officer pulled over.
From the outside, an OWI can seem funny, depending on the circumstances. But it is not funny when you are the one facing criminal charges. A conviction could result in jail time and other severe penalties.
After an arrest, your best chance at resolving the matter as positively as possible is to retain a highly competent defense attorney.