January 1, 2009

Man uses paintballs to stop drunk driving

Police in Kennewick, Wash., said a man arrested for firing off a paintball gun told officers he was trying to prevent a friend from driving drunk.

Sgt. Ken Lattin said police received a call at about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday from a witness who said a man was shooting paintballs at a car and one of the missed shots had hit his apartment, the (Kennewick) Tri-City Herald reported Thursday.

Lattin said investigators arrived at the apartment complex to find Shawn Wallace, 41, firing paintballs at the windshield of a friend's car. He said Wallace, who was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully discharging a weapon and an unrelated misdemeanor warrant, told officers he was covering the windshield in paintballs to prevent its owner from driving under the influence of alcohol.

This is a very creative way to prevent someone from drinking and driving, but not legal or safe, Lattin said.