Derek Jackson Pulled Over for DUI -- While Driving Forklift Down Scottsdale Road at 2 a.m.

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A Scottsdale man arrested on a DUI charge told police he was just trying to get home from a party when he was pulled over on Scottsdale Road around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

That happens just about every day in Scottsdale, but police say 33-year-old Derek Jackson was driving a forklift that he had just stolen from a construction site outside Scottsdale Fashion Square.

According to Scottsdale PD, Jackson made it a couple blocks on the forklift before an officer saw him pass Stetson Drive, on his way into Old Town Scottsdale.

Jackson did not have an explanation for why he was driving a forklift but claimed he was just trying to get home.

According to information provided by Scottsdale police, Jackson "appeared disoriented and seemed to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs."

Police called the owner of the forklift, a rental company for construction jobs, and it said no one should be driving the machine at that time of night. Turns out, Jackson had absolutely nothing to do with anything related to construction -- he just took the forklift, according to the cops.

Jackson was arrested on charges of theft and DUI, and the forklift was returned.

Jackson served a little more than two years in prison, from 2008 to 2010, for drug charges, state prison records show.

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Derek C. Jackson


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ptcgaz
ptcgaz

Grand theft Forklift? doesn't quite have the same ring as GTA lol

Don Blank
Don Blank

Beats paying cab fare, right Dick, I mean Derek?

marcy
marcy

Another life-time criminal who will never rehabilitate and needs to be treated accordingly.

Rocky Mountain Hi
Rocky Mountain Hi

It's easier to haul a keg on a forklift than it is in a car! Duh!

David James
David James

So, was it HIS forklift? Of course, friends don't let friends drive forklifts drunk.

Bill Mullins
Bill Mullins

Wondering how anyone could just take a forklift. Where the keys left in the forklift?

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

What do you mean "that's so Scottsdale" ?  Doesn't everyone steal fork lifts and drive them on busy thoroughfares?

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@wherewasi Only if they were not provided a free one from one of the government entitlement programs.  If they already had a free forklift, then this was wrong, and he should not have done this.

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

Bob, I have never expected the guvment to provide me with a fork lift.  If I need one, I find one.  LOL.

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