Franklin County, KS - Sheriff's Office / Facebook
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas shared a photo on its Facebook page which quickly got a lot of attention showing a man dressed up as a Bud Light beer can who got arrested for drunk driving in Kansas.
According to the post, deputies were notified about a possible drunk driver on Interstate 35 and when they finally caught up to him and pulled the car over, they were surprised to find a man dressed up in a Bud Light beer can costume.
Yes, you read that correctly – a beer can costume. It’s not clear if he was trying to hide his drunkenness or if he was just trying to make a fashion statement, but either way, it didn’t end well for him.
The driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, also known as a DUI, after failing a sobriety test and was taken to the Franklin County Jail. Some Facebook users took to the comment section with their thoughts on the incident.
“Is that considered an open container?” one Facebook user typed the sheriff’s office’s post.
“Is it really under the influence if he IS the influencer?” another joked.
“Thank you guys for the laugh and for getting him off the street!” another said.
In Kansas, a first-time DUI offender faces 48 hours of mandatory imprisonment or 100 hours of community service and a fine of $500-$1,000 plus court costs. They also have to complete a court-ordered alcohol and drug safety education program or treatment program at their expense.
The punishments gets worse for repeat offenders. A second DUI offense can result in 90 days to one year of imprisonment and a fine of $1,000-$1,500 plus court costs.
The driver’s license is also suspended for a year, and they have to equip their vehicles with an ignition interlock device that prevents the vehicle’s operation if the driver is under the influence of alcohol.
Drivers convicted of a third DUI face a felony offense, along with all the punishments of a second DUI conviction. Fourth-time DUI convicts face all the aforementioned punishments, followed by a one-year period of post-release supervision in the custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections.
Finally, a fifth DUI conviction results in permanent revocation of the driver’s license, along with all the punishments received from the previous convictions.
While the incident may be amusing to some, drunk driving is a serious offense that can have deadly consequences. In the United States, approximately 30 people die in drunk-driving crashes every day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
So, while we can laugh at the absurdity of a man dressed up as a beer can, getting arrested for drunk driving, let’s not forget the very real dangers of drinking and driving.
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