Loyal Friend Returns to Scene of DUI


A DUI in Williamson, Kentucky made the news when a passenger released from an impaired driving traffic stop returned to the scene so that her friend, the driver, would not go to jail alone. According to Williamson police, Ariyonna Friend, 18, of Jenkins, Kentucky, is facing charges of underage consumption, public intoxication and obstruction.

The incident occurred on March 8, when Williamson Police Officer Jarrod Marcum pulled over a Chevrolet Cruze at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Logan Street in Williamson. Elizabeth Brett, an 18-year-old from Mayking, Kentucky, was the driver. Officer Marcum noticed Brett smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. When the officer ran her license, he found that Brett only had a learner’s permit to drive.

The officer then conducted a field sobriety test, in which Brett showed obvious symptoms of intoxication and impairment. A preliminary breath test revealed a BAC of .120, roughly 50% higher than the legal limit. Brett is facing charges of driving down a one-way street, reckless driving, and driving under the influence.

As for Friend, Officer Marcum released her at the scene of the traffic stop and said she could go. But a little later, Friend returned, stating that she would not let her friend go to jail by herself. Consequently, Marcum administered her a preliminary breath test, which found Friend’s BAC at .179, over twice the legal limit.

Brett and Friend were both arraigned before Mingo Magistrate Donald Sansom and were later released.

What do you think—would you expect your friend to behave like Friend did?

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