One driver in Pennsylvania made either the smartest decision of his life, or the dumbest, last week, depending on your point of view, reports Philly.com. Sean McCullough was driving drunk on Wednesday night, which is certainly a dangerous act. However, at around 4 a.m., he pulled into the Upper Darby police station and parked among the cruisers in a spot reserved for police vehicles. It turns out that unlike most drunk drivers, he was actively seeking a police station, and not trying to avoid one.
An on-duty officer was monitoring security cameras when he saw a 2008 Ford drive into the reserved entrance through the exit lane, then cross over some grass, then onto a sidewalk, and then park neatly in a reserved spot. It may have been funny if it wasn’t so dangerous. The officer immediately went outside and discovered a “totally ossified” McCullough still behind the wheel. While talking to the officer, McCullough said he was “hammered” from the 12 to 14 beers he’d had earlier in the night. The officer then asked if he understood he was at a police station, and McCullough responded “yeah, I wanted to be in a safe place,” said Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.
McCullough was so intoxicated that he was too drunk for the officer to administer a field sobriety test, so the police brought him to Delaware County Memorial Hospital. His blood was drawn there, so that a blood/alcohol level could be determined. According to Chitwood, who has been policing for 53 years, it was the first time a drunk driver had driven himself to a police station that he knew of. “Normally people avoid the police station, but this guy was seeking it out,” he said.
In the end, the police charged McCullough with DUI and careless driving. He has two prior arrests on his record for DUI, dating back to 1994 and 1996. His Facebook page lists him as the CEO of Young Eagle Entrepreneurs, which is a “leadership, entrepreneurship, development program.” He apparently also markets himself as a “life-planning expert,” a “serial entrepreneur,” and “an in-demand life and health consultant and speaker.”
McCullough may get relatively lucky with his charges than if he were to have the same offense in other states. A study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that Pennsylvania is one of the most lenient states when it comes to DUI charges. The study also shows that deaths from drunk driving have plummeted over the past 35 years, by almost 60%. That does not mean that it’s not a dangerous act, however.
Even though Pennsylvania is relatively lenient, it’s still incredibly difficult to defend yourself against a DUI charge in Philadelphia. Considering the ramifications on your life if you are unsuccessful, the better choice is contacting a DUI attorney. An attorney will work with you to try to get the charge downgraded or dismissed, so that it won’t affect your employment or any other facet of your life. Call one today for a consultation.