Thursday, January 8, 2009

DWI-Dancing while Intoxicated

Friends shouldn't let friends dance while intoxicated and/or naked.

EOS-end of story

Man dances naked in front of police

KITCHENER-A drunk man who danced in front of Kitchener police officers wearing nothing but a strategically placed sock will be paying for his admitted "idiotic" behaviour.

James Chrysler, 46, was fined $2,000 in a Kitchener court yesterday after pleading guilty to impaired driving and refusing to provide a breath sample.

Police were called to the area of Church and Peter streets in Kitchener around 1 a.m. on Dec. 23. A resident had called to report a man driving dangerously up and down the street for an hour, honking his horn.

At one point, he reversed at high speed down the street and pulled into the caller's driveway.
When police arrived, Chrysler sped towards a cruiser, then stopped. He got out, swayed and fumbled with his wallet.

He told police, "I was going for a nice walk in the snow.'' He refused to give a breath sample, saying, "I won't, because I wasn't driving. I was walking on the sidewalk.''
During an interview at the police station, Chrysler stripped off his clothes, put on the sock and danced in front of police, court heard.

Chrysler lives in Winnipeg but grew up in Kitchener. He was home visiting family and friends for the holiday. He'd gone out for drinks with a friend that night.

"He told me he started acting like an idiot,'' said duty counsel Mike Soo. Alcohol "made him a different person.''

Chrysler agreed.
"It was uncharacteristic,'' he said.
"I don't condone drinking and driving. It's a dangerous act.''

The self-employed electrician, who will be returning to Winnipeg, won't be able to drive for a year.