A DUI charge can come in a wide variety of ways. Even weaving within your own lane is a sufficient basis for a traffic stop in some states. Then, there are the atypical ways of catching a DUI. Those might be falling asleep at a red light, riding a horse on a freeway on your birthday like one Florida man did. Another Florida man was charged with DUI after operating a riding lawn mower on a roadway. He was driving back home after getting more beer. Being hit by your own vehicle can give new meaning to not being in control of your vehicle though. That’s what happened to a young man in Virginia.
He was pulled over on a routine traffic stop for an equipment violation. He did pull over, but when he did so, he exited his car and began running. In his haste, the driver apparently failed to put the car in park when he stopped. He ran around the front driver’s side of the car and was hit by his rolling car. The man quickly got back onto his feet and continued running. He was caught after a short foot chase. All of this was recorded on the dash cam of a Fairfax County Sheriff’s Department squad car.
The driver is now charged with felony hit-and-run, a third DUI charge, possession of marijuana and operating a vehicle with illegally tinted windows. The tinted windows were the likely basis of the traffic stop. Felony hit-and-run in Virginia is categorized as a class 5 felony. It’s punishable by up to 10 years in prison with a six month minimum jail term. A third DUI within five years is also punishable as a class 5 felony. That third DUI within five to 10 years is a class 6 felony, punishable by one to five years in prison with a 90 day minimum jail sentence.