I've commented in the past about the emerging phenomenon of "DUI SuperCops", and a few days ago about a new TV series starring the heroic DUI warriors of the Fresno Police Department. Let's look in on our new media stars….
Dozens Arrested In Fresno DUI Crackdown
Fresno, CA. Jan. 1 – Fresno police say despite heavy publicity about their crackdown on drinking and driving, more than 2 dozen arrests were made by police and CHP officers this New Year's holiday…
Eric Eide, Fresno Police Department, says "The 16 DUI's that we did arrest, people were snockered. They were passed out drunk in front of their cars; they were combative when we were taking blood from some of them. Lots of them were banged up from fighting with other people."
Forgive the cynicism born of many years in this business, but permit me to interpret this summary from TV's new DUI SuperCops:
1. "They were passed out drunk in front of their cars." News flash for SuperCops: The crime of drunk driving requires driving — not sleeping it off to avoid drunk driving.
2. "They were combative when we were taking blood from some of them." What would you be if you were pinned to the ground by two cops while needles were jammed into you, digging around painfully for a vein?
3. "Lots of them were banged up from fighting with other people." Official explanation for "lots of" arrestees' cuts. bruises and assorted injuries.
Look for announcements of MADD awards to Fresno P.D. in the very near future.