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Drunk biking arrest in Colorado is a sobering reality

According to a Colorado news reports, arrests for drunk biking in Fort Collins are rare. Every once in a while, however, they apparently happen. A recent DUI arrest of a Colorado man is evidence that police will pursue even bicyclists who they believe have had too much to drink before getting behind the handlebars.

Early this week, police claim to have seen the 32-year-old drunk-bicycling suspect violating traffic laws on his bike. After an attempt to get him to stop and pull over, police were then led on a chase to get the resistant suspect to finally stop and take part in their investigation. That investigation resulted in various criminal charges and traffic citations.

Upon investigation, authorities claim that the bicyclist confessed that he had consumed alcohol and that he had also smoked marijuana. Those points, along with the various traffic violations that police report to have witnessed, have led to 11 charges for the Colorado defendant to now overcome. Among those offenses are drunken-bicycling, careless driving, evading police, resisting arrest and more.

This story shows how drunk driving laws can impact a person even if he isn't behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle. Also, it presents the chance to stress that criminal defendants should avoid saying anything to police once they become suspects in a criminal investigation. Admitting to having used drugs and/or alcohol to police without having yet worked with a criminal defense lawyer is not a wise idea. Also not a good idea: trying to drive -- or bike away -- from police. 

Source: Fort Collins Coloradoan, "Cyclist arrested on DUI after police chase in Old Town Fort Collins," May 7, 2013  

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