Phoenix Man Pulled Over for Seventh DUI (Third This Year) Just Tosses Keys to the Cops


At what point do you just toss your keys to the cops after getting pulled over for DUI?

Apparently when it's the seventh time you've been pulled over for DUI, and the third time this year.

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According to court documents obtained by New Times, a police officer saw a vehicle with no headlights driving on Greenway Parkway and Cave Creek Road just before 9 p.m.

The officer pulled over the driver, 41-year-old Michael James Hoover, after he clocked him going about 60 mph in a 45 mph zone and saw Hoover almost hit a curb while having a hard time staying in his lane, according to the documents.

When the officer pulled over Hoover, and went up to his window, Hoover just tossed his keys at him and said he was going home because it was his birthday (it was indeed his 41st birthday).

Hoover admitted to having shots with his friends for his birthday and said he didn't have a driver's license because it was suspended.

The officer verified that it was suspended, after already racking up six DUI arrests -- all six of them being "extreme" DUIs.

This was Hoover's third DUI arrest of 2013.

When Hoover stumbled out of his car -- and almost fell over -- he declined to take a field-sobriety test.

After being arrested, Hoover still said police couldn't draw his blood.

A search warrant was granted for Hoover's blood, so while he was arrested on suspicion of aggravated DUI -- since he was arrested for DUI while having his license suspended for DUI -- he did avoid being arrested for "extreme" DUI this time, because the blood-test results weren't immediately available.

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Have fun completing that 4 month mandatory prison sentence...It's only a matter of time before you kill someone..hopefully it's just yourself.

valleynative topcommenter

Unfortunately, the focus seems to be on more and more severe penalties for first-time DUI's at lower and lower alcohol levels, while those who repeated drive while significantly impaired are turned loose to have another try.

That's what happens when the goal of our elected representatives is to appear to do something, rather than to actually accomplish something useful.


What is sad, is that he wasn't in jail already for the previous DUIs.


If anyone deserved to have the book thrown at him, its this scumbag, put him under the jail!!!

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@yourproductsucks  the only indication I can see in this article that the legal system isnt 100% brain dead is that his license WAS already suspended. the fact that he was not currently serving the mandatory 4 month sentence you refer too however does kind of lean me back toward thinking its brain dead though. this is proof that the justice system works way the hell to slow too often. (gotta agree with you on the hoping he only kills himself)


@valleynative That's not true at all.

Interlock devices, mandatory suspensions, mandatory jail time...These things are significant penalties to repeat offenders.  This guy is inevitably going to catch a felony and do prison time...The guy still has the ability to make his own choices, and doesn't seem to care what the repurcussions are.  He is going to get his drink on and heis going to drive so long as he is not incarcerated.

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