What Not to Tell Police in the Wee Hours of Jan. 1

Daniel Pratts allegedly explained that everyone drives drunk
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2015 11:48 AM CST
What Not to Tell Police in the Wee Hours of Jan. 1
Welcome to 2015, weird-crime watchers.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Shortly after the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, a police officer in Vineland, NJ, says he saw Daniel Pratts greet 2015 by speeding through a stop sign and almost slamming into the car in front of him (which turned out to be a police K-9 unit), the Daily Journal reports. After he was pulled over, Pratts reportedly said he hadn't been drinking, but the officer noted his "watery and droopy eyes," a boozy odor wafting from the car, and his inability to successfully recite the alphabet.

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But Pratts apparently changed his story somewhat once he got to police headquarters, reportedly telling another officer, "It’s New Year's Eve, everyone drives drunk." He was cited for drunk driving and refusing to take a Breathalyzer test. (At least he didn't try to blame his last meal.)

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