First Hand Experience At Tent City Follow DUI Arrest (Part 1 of 3)

Driving drunk is not worth the risk. Take a cab, sleep at a friend’s house, don’t drink, but just DON’T DRIVE DRUNK! It is difficult to convince someone who has never been punished for a DUI, but I will do my best by recalling my DUI experience from the night I was pulled over, to the moment I left tent city after serving my time. This is what you can expect if you get arrested for a DUI, and I speak from experience when I say it was one of the worst experiences of my life.

The Night of the Arrest

I had been drinking too much and I should not have been driving, which is clearly obvious. Seeing the police lights flashing in your rear view mirror is a sobering sight, but not nearly enough to get me out of what was coming my way. The police officer came to the side of the car, suspected that I had been drinking, and asked me to conduct several field sobriety tests. Surprisingly, I passed them all, but when he asked me to blow into the breathalyzer I refused because I knew that I had too much alcohol in my system to pass.

If a driver refuses the breathalyzer, the police are forced to arrest him. The thinking behind refusing is that by the time you get to the station, you will have sobered up enough to where your blood alcohol content (BAC) will have fallen below the legal limit. Unfortunately, mine was still quite high- I blew a .184 (the legal limit in Arizona is .08). I was charged with an extreme DUI, and I had to spend the night in jail. This is where the fun began.