Friend’s wedding was 6/29. I had about 4-5 drinks over the course of the night. It could have been 6. After the wedding, I was still slightly too drunk to drive, so I sat in my car and practiced my rapping skills for about 90 minutes while I dried out. The plan was to wait two hours and then assess my condition, but I got bored and started driving around the the parking lot to kill time. The parking lot was wide open and completely empty so there was no danger of hitting anybody. Admittedly I was still feeling slightly buzzed at this point.
So I was doing donuts in the parking lot when suddenly a cop pulls into the lot and starts flashing his lights. GOD DAMN IT. He asked me why I was driving around in circles, and I told him I couldn’t answer any questions. When he asked me for my license and registration, I just fumbled around with the contents of my glove compartment, not even knowing what I was looking for. He told me to step out of the car and administered a field sobriety test, which I passed successfully. Then he pulled out the brethylizer. The legal limit in my state is 0.080, and what did I blow? A fucking 0.081. No lie. So the ociffer put me in cuffs, and down to the station we went.
At the station he adminstered a second brethylizer, which is the “official” one that they use for criminal proceedings, and this time I blew 0.071, under the legal limit. He still charged with DUI and made me spend the night in a holding cell before releasing me in the morning.
Now I have never had any kind or problem with alcohol, and only drink for special occasions which usually amounts to no more than 2-3 times in a year and probably fewer times in my entire life than I can count on my hands. I would also never drive drunk in my right mind- it was sincerely just a matter of impaired judgement. Part of it is that I drink so seldom that every time is like my first time and I am still prone to do dumb things like that.
Am I fucked? I’ve heard that DUIs can ruin people’s lives. I haven’t had a chance to talk with my lawyer yet so I don’t know what I’m in for. This blows.