Urbana, OH – Because of the switch from daylight savings to standard time, a 22-year-old man was ticketed twice for allegedly driving while intoxicated at same exact time on November 4.
Police pulled over Niles Gammon when he was going in the wrong direction in a one-way alley. The police report of the incident states that Sgt. Dave Reese “detected a strong odor of intoxicating liquor” and that the driver had “glassy eyes.” A portable breath test came back at .116. Police took him back the station where a second breath test confirmed the alleged DUI, issued Gammons several citations, put his license under administrative suspension, and released him to an adult.
The Daily Mail reports that Gammons had more issues after the changeover from daylight savings to standard time:
“At 1:08 a.m. ‘exactly one hour after the first stop’, Reese was leaving a car park one block from the station when he a vehicle ‘backed out of a spot rapidly and nearly collided with my cruiser,’ said the police officer.”
The motorist was then busted for drunk driving a second time, testing at .109.
According to the police report filed by Sgt. Reese:
“Niles told me that his friend that picked him up dropped him off and refused to take him home. Niles said that he was afraid of getting arrested for public intoxication so he decided to drive.”
The Smoking Gun website highlights the anomaly owing to the time change:
“The separate tickets issued to Gammons both carry the same date and time — November 4 at 1:08 AM. He is set to appear — for both cases — in Champaign County Municipal Court on November 15.”
The police report also indicates that in the first Breathalyzer test, Gammons had some pennies in his mouth. According to Sgt. Reese, “I then advised Niles that pennies in the mouth were a myth and that it did not help in taking a breath test.”