Man Impersonates Police for DUI Checkpoint…and He’s Intoxicated
When are DUI checkpoints illegal?
A) When not authorized by law
B) When not performed by actual police officers
C) When the person performing is intoxicated
D) all of the above
If you chose D), you are a winner. Checkpoints not authorized by law do happen. In Texas, DWI sobriety checkpoints are illegal. There have been some drivers license checkpoints set up in bar areas at 2am, which have been found to be illegal DWI checkpoints, as they aren’t divorced from the process, and let’s face facts, it was a subterfuge for sobriety checks. These events do happen.
But what about B) and C)? Something like that wouldn’t happen, right? As Lee Corso says, “Not so fast, my friend.” Check out this article from CBS Pittsburgh. A young man took it upon himself to set up a checkpoint using a flashing blue light bar. Problem, as you may have guessed is that he wasn’t law enforcement. Bigger problem, maybe, maybe smaller than impersonating an officer, was that he, himself was, in fact, intoxicated.
Below is the article if you don’t want to click:
SOMERSET, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man set up a fake drunken-driving checkpoint only to be charged with drunken driving himself when real troopers arrived to investigate.
The (Somerset) Daily American says 20-year-old Logan Shaulis will be sentenced June 27. He pleaded guilty Thursday to drunken driving, possessing instruments of crime, and impersonating a public servant.
Police say Shaulis used a flashing blue light bar, parked diagonally across state Route 601 and set up road flares about 4 a.m. on May 30.
A motorist who stopped says Shaulis claimed he was a trooper with the “drug and alcohol division” and demanded to see her identification.
When police arrived, Shaulis tried to hand a BB pistol to the car’s passenger, saying he couldn’t get caught with it.
Shaulis’ attorney says Shaulis has since completed substance abuse treatment.