Pants-less Woman Sitting on Bottle Faces DUI in Aliquippa

JANUARY 28, 2015

As a Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer with a focus on DUI defense, I have represented many people who made poor decisions after drinking and deciding to drive.

Some DUI cases are cookie-cutter. Guy drinks a few too many at the bar, gets behind the wheel, and gets pulled over for blowing a stop sign, or passing the center line a couple times. In other cases, DUI defendants smashed into police cars while intoxicated (some fatally), or fell asleep at the wheel.

I even know a client or two who decided to yell at police when faced with a field sobriety test or DUI charge, asking the cop if, in fact, “you know who I am.”

I have never, however, represented a client who was pants-less when they were pulled over and charged with DUI.

Which brings me to a story out of Beaver County.

According to local media reports, an Aliquippa woman is due in court for a preliminary hearing next month on a DUI charge, one that stems from an accident in the municipality from back in September.

Police said the woman – 33 – was still in the car when officers responded, and was naked from the waist down and sitting on a bottle.

And to make matters worse, she refused to get out of the car, forcing officers to drag her from the vehicle – sans pants.

The media reports indicate that she was then taken for a blood test at a local hospital, where she allegedly refused to cooperate and continued to refuse pants.

While “don’t drive drunk” is always the primary lesson, and “always wear pants while driving” might be a secondary one in this case, there is one more in the mix here: No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse.

In the case of the pants-less Aliquippa woman, that means that not only is she facing a DUI, but also a charge of open lewdness.

And believe me: It’s difficult enough for clients to tell their parents, friends, significant others and co-workers that they’ve been popped for driving under the influence. You can imagine how fun it would be to explain why you were naked and sitting on a bottle when arrested.