For most Annapolis residents, the end of daylight savings time is a source of fairly minor adjustment and confusion, usually occurring the morning after the change when it is not entirely clear exactly what time it is. In most cases, these challenges do not significantly affect anyone's life.
That is not the case for one 22-year-old man who was arrested twice for drunk driving on the same day, at the exact same time, by the same police officer. The reason for the duplicate arrests: daylight savings time.
According to police reports, the first arrest took place at 1:08 a.m. after the police officer saw the man driving in the wrong direction down a one-way street. The officer stopped the man and performed a breath test, which allegedly registered the man's blood alcohol level at 0.116 percent.
The man was arrested and taken to the city police station. A short time later, he was placed under an administrative driver's license suspension and released to a friend, who was to drive him home.
But the friend apparently did not do that. When the officer left the police station, the police report states, he was nearly crashed into by the man, who was behind the wheel of his car with his friend nowhere in sight. When the officer approached the man's vehicle and asked why he was driving, the man said that his friend had refused to take him home.
The officer again administered a breath test, which showed a 0.109 blood alcohol level, and re-arrested the man.
By then, however, daylight savings time had ended, and the clock had jumped back an hour. This meant that both of the man's arrests had taken place at 1:08 a.m. He is scheduled to appear in court on both charges this month.
Source: Daily Mail, "Man arrested for DUI at 1:08am TWICE on same day due to daylight savings time," James Nye, Nov. 8, 2012