Woman's plan to beat sobriety test by Irish folk dancing spectacularly backfires

Anish Vij

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Woman's plan to beat sobriety test by Irish folk dancing spectacularly backfires

Featured Image Credit: Pinellas County Sherrif's Office

A Florida woman's attempt to beat a sobriety test by Irish folk dancing has spectacularly backfired.

Amy Harrington of Madeira Beach crashed into another vehicle with the rear of her car, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office have said.

Police have now released security footage of the incredible incident.

Watch the footage below:

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When cops arrived at the scene, the 38-year-old was dancing away, trying to get herself out of doing a sobriety test.

Officers claim her eyes were bloodshot and watery as she attempted to walk a straight line along a parking space marker.

Arrest documents claim that Harrington 'struggled to follow instructions, and was unsteady on her feet almost falling'.

Credit: Pinellas County Sherrif's Office
Credit: Pinellas County Sherrif's Office

“Do you want to pay attention so I can give you the instructions?” a deputy, administering the test, asked.

“Yeah, well, you sound like my ballet coach, so, sounds about right,” Harrington answered.

After performing 'multiple ballet and Irish folk dance moves', the officer replies: “That wasn’t good.”

When Harrington seemingly got to the end of her performance, she refused to take a test and was later hit with a driving under the influence charge.

Credit: Pinellas County Sherrif's Office
Credit: Pinellas County Sherrif's Office

The bizarre incident took place on 27 April this year.

It happens to be the second time, since 2019, she has refused to take a sobriety test, police say.

According to Cornell Law School: "Driving while under the influence (DUI) and/or driving while intoxicated/impaired (DWI) are criminal driving offences in all states. "These offences encompass dangerous driving impairment caused by alcohol, drugs, or other controlled substances.

"Law enforcement officers can ask drivers to undergo chemical testing of their breath, blood, or urine whenever the officer suspects the driver of impairment. This suspicion is usually triggered when an officer witnesses dangerous or erratic driving.

"Drivers can refuse chemical testing, but in most jurisdictions such a refusal will result in an automatic forfeiture of driving licensure, since states typically require that a driver must implicitly consent to chemical testing in order to obtain a driver’s license."

UNILAD has contacted the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office for comment.

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Topics: News, US News

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