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Not the Best Way to Plead Your Case

Some things, you just shouldn’t have to say.  Like, for example, don’t drive drunk to your court hearing about a drunk driving charge.

As reported by, James Gird was recently in Macomb County, Michigan court to respond to a charge of driving while intoxicated, when the magistrate noticed Gird was allegedly having difficulty speaking without slurring his words.

When questioned, the 57-year-old reportedly told court officials he’d had “a couple of shots” of alcohol. That was enough to prompt the magistrate to order both a blood alcohol test for Gird, and a search of his vehicle.

The latter turned up an empty vodka bottle.  The former revealed Gird’s blood-alcohol level was nearly four times the state legal limit for intoxication of .08.  Or, in he words of a court official, “super drunk.”

Gird was arrested and charged again with operating a motor vehicle while drunk and was jailed on $25,000 bond.  He’s due back in court March 5.

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