Julius Grosso, 93, Accused of DUI in Scottsdale; Cops had to Pull Stubborn Codger Out of His Buick

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Julius Elmer Grosso, 93, had to be pulled from his car and handcuffed after police determined he was too drunk to drive. The suspect was driving on a suspended license from a previous DUI.

At age 93, Julius Elmer Grosso of Scottsdale is one of those senior citizens who doesn't want to give up his car keys -- even after a two-hour drinking binge.

Cops say the stubborn nonagenerian gave them a hard time during a DUI investigation over the weekend, resulting in Grosso having to be pulled from his Buick, cuffed and arrested.

Grosso showed up at Zipp's bar, 7551 East Camelback Road, at about 5 p.m. on Saturday and proceeded to get hammered on scotch, according to a police report. His bar receipt, examined later by cops, showed he had six shots before leaving the place two hours later.

Staff at Zipp's tried to convince the codger he needed a cab, but Grosso wouldn't listen and insisted on driving. As a Zipp's employee watched, Grosso climbed into his Buick LeSabre and began to back out of his parking space.

Grosso moved the vehicle slowly about 20 feet, stopping four times to open and close the driver's-side door, unbuckling and rebuckling his seat belt each time. The employee figured Grosso was in no shape to get on the road and called Scottsdale police.

A responding officer noticed that Grosso's eyes were watery and his speech slurred. At the cop's request, Grosso handed over the Buick's keys, but then protested loudly that he wanted them back so he could go home. Police soon found out that Grosso's license had been "suspended, revoked and cancelled" for a previous DUI.

Three officers argued with Grosso, asking him to get out of the car, but he refused. Two of the cops were forced to "pull" the old guy from his car and slap cuffs on him before booking him into jail.

Police seek charges of aggravated DUI, failure to obey an officer and resisting an order to control a motor vehicle.



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13 comments
Fred
Fred

This guy was drinking for two whole hours- that's some "binge"

marcy
marcy

Fred,

You might want to look up the definition of what binge drinking is.  You might not realize what a binge drinker you are.

 

(5 or more drinks on one occasion is a widely accepted measure of binge drinking for men).

Cat Burns
Cat Burns

IMO, Mr Grosso had several opportunities to avoid this DUI, but he obviously didn't realize it. I bet he did after the booze wore off, though.

Medicalknowledge4you
Medicalknowledge4you

The real problem is how this media walks all over people without caring

marcy
marcy

The real problem is he got drunk and drove and did so after already having his driver's license suspended for previously driving drunk.

 

 

Melba
Melba

I hope you lose someone and have no one to lean on some day.

marcy
marcy

Why would you hope that?

 

I just hope you don't get drunk and start driving.  And if you do I hope the cops catch you and toss you in jail.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

A jury may care. Probably not. It's sad that he lost his wife. It would be sadder still if he had injured or killed himself or someone else while driving drunk after drowning his sorrows. He should be thankful to those who called the cops to get him out of the car. As well, should you.

guest
guest

Nope.  He can drown his sorrows at home, or take a cab. 

guest
guest

Then you should take a look at the laws.  It is illegal for a bartender to serve someone they can tell is intoxicated.  If a bar patron goes out and hurts someone, the bar/ bartender can be held personally liable up to $100,000.00 Or we can just trust inebritated persons to make good decisions... that's always been a good policy.

mark.ballard1@gmail.com
mark.ballard1@gmail.com

Does anyone care that he just lost his wife with brain cancer and she was his constant companion of over 30 years????

marcy
marcy

No, because that's not an excuse for being a drunk on the road.

slipery Mike
slipery Mike

they need a database for booze on the drivers license,the tarbender swipes your card every time you have a drink. too much in 24 hrs,and your cut off.

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