Cops Nab 2 DUIs in 1 Traffic Stop
Speeding, drugs, and idiocy are a potent combination
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 26, 2015 9:40 AM CDT
A DUI stop this morning in Vermont didn't end well for either occupant of the vehicle.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – One traffic stop netted two drunk-driving arrests in Vermont after police say a backseat passenger jumped in the driver's seat. State police say they stopped a car early today on Interstate 91 in Rockingham after it was clocked doing 106mph. Authorities say they got driver Erik Polite out of the car before passenger Leeshawn Baker took his place behind the wheel and put the car in gear. Per a Vermont State Police press release: "The vehicle began to roll backwards towards the Trooper and Polite who were seated inside the cruiser. The Trooper was able to quickly reverse and avoid an accident. Baker crossed two lanes of north bound traffic on I-91 in reverse, crashing in the median of the interstate."

Police breath tests put Polite's blood-alcohol content at .19 and Baker's at .25. Per the press release, police found 10 grams of cocaine on Polite; in the vehicle, they found 79 Oxycodone pills, about 50 Percocets, and "a civil amount of marijuana." Both men are charged with driving under the influence, gross negligent operation, and drug possession. Polite is 35 and Baker is 34. Both men are from Flushing, NY. They were jailed in lieu of bond. It was not immediately known if they have lawyers.
 

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