2007-10-12 / Community

BC Man Busted For DUI

Told Cops He Was 'Drunk, But Not Wasted'
By Nicholas Briano

A Broad Channel man, three times over the legal limit that determines if a person is driving drunk, allegedly told police, "I'm Drunk, but I am not wasted."

The inebriated man was chased down by police after he drove his car up onto a sidewalk near his home, police said.

The suspect, identified in court documents as Christopher Harper, 22, was driving a 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis last Wednesday night around 10:30 p.m. on Cross Bay Boulevard and East 10 Street, when police spotted Harper pull an erratic u-turn and drive up onto the sidewalk.

"Drunk, but not wasted," Harper then decided he would try and flee through neighboring backyards from the police who spotted him during the u-turn. According to police, when captured by the officers just houses away from the crash, Harper had bloodshot eyes and looked drunk enough to warrant a breathalyzer test which revealed the suspect's alcohol blood level at .2534, three times above the limit.

Harper was arraigned and charged the next day with driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravating driving while intoxicated, and of course driving on pedestrian sidewalks and leaving his motor vehicle unattended, according to police.

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