Monday, June 2, 2008

Impaired Driver Blames Her Condition on Drunk Kiss

I decided to start off this week’s blog entries with a story about a young woman who has found an excuse that rivals the legends of “The Dog Ate My Homework” and “It Was Like That When I Got Here.”

Gianna Vigliotti, a seventeen-year-old from New York, was arrested over Memorial Day weekend after swerving in and out of her lane and blowing a .15% blood-alcohol level (more than double the legal limit). At this point, Ms. Vigliotti had several options at her disposal. Did she simply admit to having a few beers at a holiday party, and then prepare herself for the consequences of both the DUI and underage drinking charges? Did she brazenly insist that the portable breathalyzer must not be working correctly? No. This accused drunk driver decided to be a little more creative. She told the arresting officer that, “I didn't drink! I was kissing a boy who was drunk.”

Vigliotti’s side of the story may lose most of its already questionable merit when placed against the facts at the scene. There were four beer bottles under the passenger side of the car (once the location of the now departed boy?) and an empty beer can in her purse.

The attorney for Vigliotti said the decision to release the details of this arrest “is not only embarrassing, but demeaning as well,” to his client. Officials in Nassau County, however, plan to continue publicizing such cases as a deterrent to others who may consider getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.

Of course, silly stories about kissing aside, drinking under the influence is a serious crime. If you have been involved an accident involving a drunk driver and believe you are due compensation for your injuries, please contact us at Bertolino LLP. We have the knowledge, experience and compassion to handle your case with the personal attention it deserves.