Can you get a DUI for being under the influence of something other than alcohol and drugs? In Bristol, England, that’s what happened to Aaron Cogley, whom police said was so into the drum and bass music blasting from his car that it caused him to drive erratically.
Cogley, a 25-year-old professional driver, was cutting off motorists and making sharp turns with such zeal that officers thought he was drunk.
But when they tested Cogley, he was cleared of being drunk or on drugs. The 25-year-old had the electronic music on his car’s sound system blaring, according to the Bristol Post.
After officers observed Cogley’s erratic driving, he slowed down but then started weaving in and out of traffic, according to the paper.
Cogley offered police an explanation for his driving, saying he was DUI of drum and bass, not alcohol or drugs.
"When asked about it he said he was listening to drum and bass and was in a hurry,” prosecutor Mark Hollier told the Post.
Cogley’s attorney, David Miller, said his client is losing his job over the incident.
"It was stupid. He was carried away because of the intoxicating effects of drum and bass music,” Miller told the paper.
Kevin De Haan, the English judge overseeing the drum and bass DUI case, called the type of music Cogley was blaring as “intoxicating for some, very irritating to others.”
The judge had harsh words for Cogley over the drum and bass DUI.
"It's always serious, dangerous driving. Even if you only went up to 40mph you were lucky that night. You could have had an accident and been hurt, or worse you could have hurt someone else,” he said, according to the Post. “Police thought you had taken something."
Cogley avoided jail time for the drum and bass DUI, although he is banned from driving for a year and needs to pass an extended driving test. The 25-year-old was also given a £60 ($91) fine.