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A Pennsylvania man has gained dubious distinction for being arrested twice in one night for drunken driving. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

A man in Washington, Pa., was recently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence twice in a single night. The man, Robert Brodnick, is a member of a dubious bunch busted for multiple DUIs on the same night.

Man needed to get new car back to the house

Robert Brodnick, 58, of Washington, Pa., has gained notoriety for being arrested twice in the same night for driving under the influence. According to CBS, Brodnick was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence during the evening of Monday, Sept. 19, but released.

Pennsylvania law allows people arrested for DUI to be released to a “responsible party” instead of being taken into custody, according to WXPI, a Pittsburgh NBC affiliate. However, state troopers surmise he was dropped off at his car instead of his home. He was found driving again 15 minutes later by the same trooper, arrested for DUI a second time and booked into the Washington County Jail.

His blood-alcohol content was almost double the legal limit. He told WXPI, according to CBS, that he just wanted to get his new car back to his house.

Unfortunately common

It is disturbingly easy to find plenty of people arrested twice in a night for DUI.

An Intercourse, Pa., man, George Martin, was arrested for DUI on the evening of May 16,¬†according to WHTM, an ABC affiliate in Lancaster, Pa. He had crashed his car into another car, nudging it into a third. He was released into the custody of a friend, but crashed his friend’s pickup truck into a tree several hours later.

According to KRTV, a CBS affiliate in Great Falls, Mont., a woman in Boise, Idaho, was arrested twice in five hours on Sept. 7 for DUI. During her first arrest, her BAC was 0.371, four times the legal limit. After being released on bond, she was arrested again for DUI, with a BAC of 0.24, three times the legal limit of 0.08.

A Blaine, Wash., man was arrested on three counts at once on Sept. 14, 2010, according to King 5, a Seattle ABC affiliate. Police discovered a man with a tow truck, preparing to tow a wrecked red BMW and a wrecked truck and trailer. He apparently had wrecked both the truck and trailer, then the BMW while driving drunk and was preparing to tow the vehicles while still intoxicated.

No laughing matter

According to MSN, the average cost of a driving under the influence ticket is about $10,000 including court fees, fines, bail and insurance costs. There were 1.4 million DUI arrests in 2009.

According to law enforcement statistics on the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Website, repeat offenders make up one-third of all drunk driving arrests and they are 40 percent more likely to be involved in a crash involving a fatality.

In 2007, there were almost 13,000 fatalities in crashes involving alcohol, but that statistic is receding. In 2009, according to MSN, 10,839 people died in crashes involving alcohol. Crashes involving alcohol accounted for 32 percent of automotive fatalities in that year.

Sources

CBS: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/21/national/main20109663.shtml?tag=cbsnewsSectionContent.1

WPXI: http://www.wpxi.com/news/29241012/detail.html

WHTM/ABC 27: http://www.abc27.com/story/14652449/intercourse-man-charged-in-2-dui-crashes-in-one-night

KRTV: http://www.12ktrv.com/story/15415432/2-duis-in-5-hours-for-one-boise-woman?redirected=true
King5: http://www.king5.com/news/local/Blaine-man-crashed-3-vehicles-in-one-night-102888534.html

MSN: http://money.msn.com/auto-insurance/dui-the-10000-dollar-ride-home.aspx

Mothers Against Drunk Driving stats (PDF – Requires Adobe Reader): http://www.madd.org/media-center/media-library/Law-Enforcement-Fact-Sheet.pdf

 

 

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