It was the end of my junior year, the weekend before prom. I was riding around that night with some friends, and a bottle got passed around the car. Everyone was taking swigs. Then the bottle got to me. With it in my hand I thought, What will I do? I took a swig. That was the biggest mistake of my life â€“ I had to drive home later that night.
We arrived at my friendsâ€™ house and watched a movie. About an hour later I asked them to bring me back to my car. Not thinking, I got in and drove off.
At a stop sign I realized a cop was sitting in the parking lot across the street. When I saw his headlights turn on, I knew he was going to follow me until I got home. About a mile from my house, the cop turned his light bar on. All I could think was, Oh no, that swig!
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Anyone who knows me knows that Iâ€™m not the most coordinated person. I canâ€™t even walk and chew gum at the same time. So, needless to say, I didnâ€™t do the best on that test. Then he had me look right while he shined a bright light in my eyes. I passed that one too. He then asked me to take a breathalyzer test.
Thatâ€™s where I messed up. I told him I didnâ€™t want to and didnâ€™t understand why I had to. The officer asked me three more times, and I continued to refuse.
He told me to turn around and place my hands behind my back. I thought that he was going to pat me down, but I was wrong. All of a sudden I felt cold metal on my wrists. He arrested me right then and there. As I was sitting in the back seat of his car, all I could think was, God, Iâ€™m in so much trouble â€¦ my parents are going to kill me.
The cop drove me to a town twenty minutes from my home. Being arrested was so scary. The officers brought me into a little concrete room and asked me a bunch of questions. Then they called my parents and told them where I was and to come get me or they would take me to a childrenâ€™s home until my court date. When my dad got there, I ran and gave him the biggest hug ever, and he whispered into my ear, â€œI love you so much. Everything will be okay. Letâ€™s go home.â€
If I had only known what would happen. The next week I got an attorney, and I went to court two months after that. I was charged with a refusal. I got $700 in fines, forty hours of community service, and had to attend a MADD meeting. Iâ€™ll be on probation for a year, and I have to take driverâ€™s ed again. And I lost my license for a whole year!
This has been a huge learning experience for me. It opened my eyes to how easy it is to make a stupid decision. I want everyone reading this to know that itâ€™s not right to drink and drive, and it definitely isnâ€™t worth losing your license over.