D’oh! DUI?: Better Take a Selfie

By August 31, 2015Thomas Law Firm

In this modern age of social media and smartphones, there are only three certainties:

  • Swipe left for no, right for yes
  • Food pics are the new black
  • If it happens, you must take a selfie.

In the true spirit of modern digital popularity, one Iowa man celebrated his drugged driving arrest with a Snapchat selfie. In the picture, the man, 20-year-old Gilbert Phelps, smiles for the camera while an officer poses in the background with a thumbs up.

The arrest happened when Iowa City Police Officer Ben Hektoen noticed Phelps speeding at around 2 a.m. Phelps’s registration sticker was also obstructed, giving more probable cause for the traffic stop. Hektoen noticed the smell of alcohol coming from the car and Phelps admitted to smoking marijuana prior to his drive. Phelps was given a field sobriety test, which he failed, although the breathalyzer test showed that he did not have any alcohol in his system.

Underage Drugged Driving in Colorado

In the State of Colorado, persons under the age of 21 are not allowed to possess or consume marijuana. If Phelps had been caught driving under the influence here, he still would face charges based on his age alone, not to mention that he was visibly impaired by marijuana.

Young drivers are particularly at risk for being affected by drugged driving, according to Monitoring the Future. About one in eight high school seniors admitted to driving after smoking marijuana, as opposed to less than one in 10 who admitted to driving drunk.

If you have been arrested for underage drugged driving in Colorado, your best course of action is to speak to a marijuana DUI attorney.

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