On Saturday February 6, a 51-year-old Fultondale, AL man was pulled over for driving in an erratic manner. Joel Allan Sloan was wearing a clown costume when he was pulled over by a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy. Another motorist reportedly flagged down the deputy after noticing Sloan’s erratic driving.
Sloan was driving a red Ford SUV when the other motorist noticed he was weaving in and out of lanes. As the deputy approached to pull the suspect over, he noticed the vehicle crossing into the oncoming lane then back into his own lane.
According to news reports, Sloan did not explain to the deputy his reason for being dressed in full clown attire, but did say he had just been at a local restaurant where he had a few drinks. Authorities also found that Sloan had an outstanding felony warrant for first-degree theft of property. He was arrested and charged with DUI before being booked into the Jefferson County Jail. Sloan’s bond was set at $2,500.
Chief Deputy Randy Christian made the comment, “I would really like to have seen Otis when he woke up from an all-nighter with this clown sitting next to him in the cell.” Christian did go on to say that kidding aside, DUI is dangerous.
Michigan DUI attorneys know that driving under the influence is no laughing matter. In addition to possible jail time, fines, driver’s license suspension, community service, and other consequences, someone who is convicted of DUI will also have a criminal record. Depending on whether it is a first or subsequent DUI arrest, those found guilty may also face vehicle impoundment, required completion of an alcohol program, installment of an ignition interlock device, and more.
If you have been arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, never take matters into your own hands. Work with an experienced Michigan DUI defense lawyer who has a proven track record and will work to protect your freedom, securing the best possible result in your case.