Ross McMakin, a resident of Corvallis undoubtedly thought his choice to wear his “Drunk as Shit” t-shirt to a party was pretty cleaver; it certainly stated his intentions. But that fashion choice—if you can call it that— probably doesn’t seem like such a good idea now.
McMakin was attending a party with his ex-girlfriend and when it was time to go she decided to drive since he was too drunk. That was a smart move, but there was one catch, he had stick shift and his ex could only drive an automatic transmission.
Instead of leaving his truck or taking a cab McMakin decided he would drive and that didn’t turn out so well. According to his girlfriend, McMakin ended up driving his car on a sidewalk and hit a parked car, according to the Smoking Gun.
After hitting the curb and parked car, McMakin parked his car. Meanwhile his girlfriend, who had regained her senses, grabbed his car keys. McMakin then physically assaulted her.
According to the police report appearing in the Corvallis Gazette Times, “A woman called 911 to report an impaired driver. She told dispatchers she had been at a party with her ex-boyfriend, who then drove her home. Believing he was too drunk to drive, she took his keys and ran into the house. She said the man followed her inside, where he slapped, pushed and choked her in an effort to get his keys back, then drove away. Police spotted the man’s green 1994 Ford Ranger pickup and pulled him over at Northwest Grant Avenue and Dixon Street for investigation of the complaint and for multiple traffic infractions.
McMakin’s blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit and now he is facing multiple charges including driving under the influence, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, strangulation and harassment. While his t-shirt didn’t precipitate his arrest it certainly didn’t help court favor police and won’t be good for him when he heads to court.
Making the decision to drive drunk is one many people make on a daily basis. It’s a stupid decision, but intoxicated individuals aren’t known to make wise decisions, and that one very bad decision could have a long-lasting impact on the offender’s life. A DUI conviction can lead to jail time, loss of driving privileges and a record that can affect college admissions and future employment prospects.
In the face of a DUI charge, the alleged offender needs to retain a DUI attorney to build a defense on their behalf. With an attorney’s assistance and offender may be able to plea to a lesser charge, negotiate a plea deal or avoid conviction altogether. Some DUI offenders don’t think they need an attorney, but trying to navigate the courts alone is a huge mistake.