Can the Coronavirus Cause a DWI?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the associated shut down of bars and restaurants has lead to a dramatic reduction of DWI arrests in Texas. That doesn’t mean, however, that you won’t be arrested if suspected of a DWI. While arrests for low level crimes like criminal mischief and petty theft are being delayed, law enforcement agencies will continue to arrest all suspected felons and those accused of violent misdemeanors. That includes DWI suspects.
Additionally, the coronavirus has also paused many court proceedings, so now more than ever, it’s a good idea to avoid being arrested for any crime. Since a DWI is extremely easy to avoid, those who plan to drink to excess should be sure their drinking doesn’t involve any driving.
So can the can the coronavirus cause a DWI? One such case of a “coronavirus DWI” happened in late March in Albuquerque, New Mexico. UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones was arrested after failing multiple field sobriety tests and admitting to the responding officers that he had vodka before getting in his jeep because he “literally just got stir-crazy… I just wanted to have a drive.”
Jon Jones has accepted full responsibility for his actions and has since pled guilty to aggravated DWI and negligent use of a firearm. Jones has accepted a plea deal for 1-year supervised probation, 96 hours of house arrest, 90 day out-patient treatment, 48 hours of community service, and a fine of $500. Jones is also required to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle he plans to operate. He will avoid jail as long as he satisfies the terms of the deal.
If you find yourself going stir-crazy during the coronavirus lock-down, we recommend going for a run or walk while maintaining proper social distancing. If however, you are arrested for a DWI, contact Clyde W. Burleson P.C. at 713-628-1503.