A promising new tactic in the “War on Drunk Driving”: Go after the lawyers….or their wives.
Arrested for DUI Without Drinking a Drop of Alcohol
Phoenix, AZ. May 29 – Heather Squires was the designated driver. Never exactly a fun thing, but a college buddy of her husband’s was driving up from Tucson to celebrate his acceptance into law school. So when her husband, Jason, asked, Heather said yes.
At Chuy’s in Tempe, Heather’s brother and her husband and the soon-to-be-law-school student knocked off four pitchers of beer. Everybody was having a great time.
Around 9:30 p.m., they decided to head home. So they piled into Jason Squires’ new pickup truck. As planned, Heather drove.
They didn’t get very far.
A motorcycle cop spotted the truck as Heather drove through the intersection of Baseline Road and Mesa Drive. Not familiar with the truck, she’d failed to flip on her lights. Soon the cop was flipping on his â€” and they were flashing.
Heather was ordered out of the vehicle and almost immediately handcuffed. She was taken to the Mesa Police Department and charged with both driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit. The truck was searched, then impounded.
Heather Squires was no different from any of the thousands of people who’ve been charged with DUI this year in Arizona. They drank, they got busted, and now â€” thanks to the toughest DUI laws in the nation â€” they can expect jail time, big fines, and an ignition interlock.
Except for one thing.
Heather Squires’ blood alcohol content that night was 0.00. The records prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that she was an exemplary designated driver.
She hadn’t had a drop to drink…
The arrest should never have happened. And though Mesa police quietly dismissed the charges against her a month later, her case still raises serious questions.
Let’s face it. The DUI situation in Arizona is out of control. As I reported earlier this year, drivers are getting popped after just one or two drinks, with blood alcohol contents far below the legal limit.
But Heather’s case is the only one I’ve seen in which the driver drank nothing. It certainly makes me wonder whether her treatment was related to the fact that her husband, Jason, is a DUI attorney based in Mesa.
A few months before Heather’s arrest, in fact, he helped a client beat the rap for extreme DUI at a jury trial, even though records suggest the guy was guilty.
The officer who arrested the guy? Bond Gonzalez â€” the same cop who would arrest Heather Squires.
I’ve posted in the past about efforts to attack defense attorneys who defend citizens accused of drunk driving. See, MADD’s Solution: Get Rid of the Lawyers; New MADD Strategy: Shut Down the Lawyers; MADD: Lawyers the Cause of Continuing DUI Fatalities. But going after their wives is a new one…