A man is facing a raft of charges including driving under the influence, resisting arrest and reckless driving following a one-car crash in the parking lot of an adult entertainment venue. The 34-year-old is said to have made a number of incoherent statements to police officers and paramedics after driving his car into a ditch. The incident took place on McClure Street in the City of Galesburg at approximately 12:49 a.m.
According to police, the man crashed his vehicle into a rocky ditch as he was attempting to leave the parking lot. Another patron of the nightclub is said to have unsuccessfully attempted to prevent the man from driving by taking his keys. Officers say that they suspected that the man had been drinking because his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy. The man’s allegedly strange behavior may have also led officers to believe that he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The man is said to have told officers that his name was ‘Burger King” and made racially insensitive comments to the paramedics who were treating him. He allegedly told officers that President Trump would be arriving to physically assault them and refused to stand when ordered to do so. Officers say that they were forced to carry the man into a nearby public safety building due to his behavior. The man is also said to have told officers transporting him to the Knox County Jail that they were in league with the devil.
While alcohol may affect reaction times and judgement, it does not generally cause individuals to become paranoid or delusional. When presented with facts like those in this case, experienced criminal defense attorneys may study toxicology reports closely to ascertain whether or not other factors are involved. Based on this scrutiny, attorneys might mount involuntary intoxication defenses when individuals charged with drunk driving may have unknowingly taken mind-altering drugs.