Normally when a DUI suspect arrives at the local police station, it's cuffed in the back of a cruiser. Not so for Christopher L. Stewart, who showed up in the Hopkinsville Police Department parking lot behind the wheel of his own truck, albeit after entering through the exit side and nearly clipping a cop car.
Was this a contrite criminal, turning himself in? Or did a wrong turn land him right in law enforcement's lap?
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The Kentucky New Era reports that Stewart asked officers to arrest him, saying he was ready to go to jail for DUI. Stewart admitted to drinking a pint before driving to the station, and officers apparently had to restrain him from drinking from a closed bottle of fuel injector cleaning fluid.
We're so used to DUI suspects trying to avoid prosecution that Stewart's honesty with officers feels refreshing in contrast. After all, he could've blamed his DUI on:
He could've eaten his breathalyzer results or cited 'MythBusters' and refused to take the test at all. But no, Stewart bravely turned himself over to officers and will presumably face whatever music the Hopkinsville PD will drum up for him.
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And Kentucky's DUI laws are fairly strict. Stewart could do 30 days in jail for his first offense, and he probably won't be driving (legally) for a few months. And the penalties only increase if you're a repeat offender.
Perhaps the authorities will take Stewart's humble submission to law enforcement into account when sentencing rolls around. At least he knew what he was doing was a crime, which is more than can be said for Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell.
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