MBPD on what to do when a drunk person is trying to drive

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A man choked a woman and slashed her tires because she wouldn't give him the keys to her car when she thought he was intoxicated, according to a Myrtle Beach Police Department report. The woman was able to get to a gas station where she called police.

The incident prompted us to look into what police say you should do when you're faced with a similar situation, and you suspect a drunk person is going to drive.

"It's going to depend on your relationship with the individual," says Shannon Toole with the Myrtle Beach Police Department. "If it's a close friend and you can approach them and ask for their keys to keep them from driving when they're under the influence, that's fine."

But Toole says if things escalate, call police so that they can prevent someone from possibly being injured or even killed. Things change if you don't know the person you suspect is intoxicated. In this instance, do not intervene.

"Absolutely not," Toole says. "You don't know the individual. Just go ahead and call 911, give us your location, and allow us to respond out and investigate the situation."

He says police are ramping up their presence on the roads during the holiday season. And with more motorists on the road, they will also step up enforcement of DUI's.

The number one thing to remember if you see someone you believe to be intoxicated and they're trying to drive: it's best not to get involved. Call police and let officers handle it.

A link to the article on the crime is here:http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/24264988/report-man-beats-woman-for-car-keys

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