James Paul Andrews of Cranberry Township, PA, was arrested with DUI charges. However, he also has to face additional charges because apparently during his DUI arrest, he barked and growled at a police dog.
The police dog, named Chaos, was assisting police at a DUI checkpoint that was set up in Western PA. Around 2:40 am on September 15, the unit stopped Andrews to see if he was under the influence.
Andrews began taunting poor Chaos by “barking, hissing and growling” at the police pup. Apparently, Andrews was irritated that he was pulled over. Needless to say, Andrews was also found to be under the influence.
DU charges were filed against Andrews today, September 30, 2013. He will also have to face additional charges for taunting the dog. Apparently, this could be seen as a felony charge with a penalty of up to 7 years in prison.
We know that it can be very irritating to get stopped at a DUI checkpoint. It can also be very scary and we know your emotions are high. We always recommend you be as polite and courteous to the police officer as possible. Getting angry can only result in irritating the police officer which can result you facing even more charges.
When we say be polite and courteous to a police officer, it should go without saying that you should also be polite and courteous to any drug-sniffing canines who are assisting officers. Not only is it mean to animals, but, technically, you’re also obstructing justice! It may seem funny at the time, but it can only result in even more charges in addition to your DUI charges.
To get more answers about your DUI arrest, speak with a local attorney today.