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Name of Utah DUI suspect makes his arrest national news

Ordinarily, an arrest for driving under the influence in Utah would not make national headlines. However, when a man named Christopher Reeves was arrested for DUI while wearing a Superman t-shirt, news outlets could not help but report the incident. A sheriff's department spokesperson even pointed out that his name is close to that of Christopher Reeve -- the man who infamously played the role of Superman beginning in 1978. Unfortunately, the apparent irony of the man's name and his choice of attire have diminished the fact that the man is facing serious charges.

The suspected drunk driver was traveling on Interstate 15 in the early morning hours of March 25. A Davis County deputy initiated a traffic stop at about 3 a.m. after claiming to see the vehicle traveling at more than 80 mph and weaving. The deputy administered field sobriety tests that he maintains the driver failed.

Something prompted the deputy to call for a drug-sniffing dog, who supposedly found drug paraphernalia and drugs belonging to the driver. According to authorities, officers found a baseball-sized amount of methamphetamine and a synthetic form of marijuana. As a result of the traffic stop, Reeves was charged with several crimes and traffic offenses.

The charges include DUI, possession charges and speeding among others. The fact that this may not be his first contact with law enforcement could further complicate things. The notoriety surrounding this man's name needs to be overcome in order for him to have the opportunity at the best outcome possible with regard to the charges. As in most similar cases, the circumstances surrounding the traffic stop and everything that followed afterward likely needs to be reviewed to ensure proper procedures were followed and Reeves rights were safeguarded throughout the process. Any misstep by Utah authorities in their contact with an accused individual could result in either a reduction or dismissal of the charges.

Source:, "Guy named Christopher Reeves busted for meth and DUI while wearing Superman T-shirt", Travis Gettys, March 26, 2014

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