A man who committed a
DUI offense admitted his guilt on video, saying that he was making a full
confession. The sobering video, which is three and a half minutes long,
has gone viral since first being posted. In it, the man contritely acknowledges
that the fault of the accident was his, and that it had been a mistake
to drive that night.
In that accident, the person he hit died. This death spurred the man's
video confession, in which he acknowledges having "hit and killed"
the victim. The man has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide
and also one count of operating a vehicle while under the influence of
alcohol. He has turned himself into police and faces two to eight and
a half years in prison when convicted of the homicide charge. The conviction
is a foregone conclusion, since he has both confessed and announced plans
to plead guilty.
In a courtroom maneuver, his attorneys said that the man will plead not
guilty before the judge currently assigned to the case. This will trigger
the assignment of a randomly-selected new judge, before whom the man will
then plead guilty. The rationale for this approach is uncertain, but may
have been chosen to quell rumors that the man's attorneys were "judge
shopping," a forbidden practice.
According to their statement, the man wanted it to be clear that he is
taking responsibility for what happened on the night of the DUI. He doesn't
want there to be any appearance of having sought out a particular judge
or seeking favoritism.
The man's video, originally filmed on September 3, is meant to deter
others from making the same tragic error. In it, the man talks about how
he had been depressed and had tried to bury that depression in alcohol.
Going from one bar to another on the night of the accident, he drank more
and more, but still got behind the wheel of his car. He drove into incoming
traffic, hitting and killing the victim.
DUI cases affect families throughout Arizona. The cases have repercussions
that can last a lifetime, making it critically important that residents
not let friends or family members drink and drive.
Source: ABC News, "
Man Who Confessed to DUI Enters Procedural Plea" Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Sep. 10, 2013