DOCUMENT: Drunk, Stupid

DUI Suspect Floats "Ace Ventura" Defense

Man said broken wipers forced his hand

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Ace Ventura

DECEMBER 2--A Nebraska man arrested for DUI told police that he was driving “like Ace Ventura” when he crashed his car into a tree early yesterday morning, according to an accident report.

Rocky Dumais, 26, was behind the wheel of a 2005 Buick Rendezvous registered to his mother at the time of the 1 AM crash on a Lincoln street.

Investigators say that Dumais’s car veered off the road and “struck and uprooted a tree” in the front yard of a residence. The car came to a stop after striking a nearby retaining wall.

Dumais, who left the accident scene, was subsequently “taken into custody and processed for DUI” by Lincoln Police Department officers.

Seen above, Dumais told cops that he crashed the Buick due to “inoperable windshield wipers,” which forced him, “like Ace Ventura,” to drive in the rain with his head outside the window.

Despite that explanation, Dumais was busted for DUI, careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving with a suspended license. Dumais’s blood alcohol content was registered at .137 and cops suspected that both alcohol and drugs played a part in the crash.

While Dumais was not injured, the accident caused about $500 in property damage. (2 pages)