Diplomatic immunity can get you out of a lot, but apparently not a DUI charge.
In April, Mexican vice consular Mariano Saynez-Ruiz-Duran was arrested for going 91 miles per hour on Ga. 400 while driving drunk. Saynez-Ruiz-Duran recently entered into a plea agreement with the city of Roswell, the Roswell Patch reports. Under the terms, the Mexican diplomat will be spending a day in jail.
Saynez-Ruiz-Duran, 39, of Alpharetta, was pulled over after police clocked him going 91 mph on Ga. 400. The vice consular failed most of his sobriety tests and couldn't keep his balance, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The dignitary then wet his pants, according to authorities. Way to represent your country. Saynez-Ruiz-Duran reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.126 percent, well above the state's limit of .08 percent.
Since he's the vice consular with the Mexican Consulate in Atlanta, Saynez-Ruiz-Duran was able to avoid the drunk tank. However, diplomatic immunity couldn't save hime from DUI and speeding charges.
That's because under federal law, foreign consular officers aren't protected from state criminal laws. If arrested for a misdemeanor, they can avoid jail during the pretrial stages, but must face the charges in court and, if found guilty, serve their time.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Saynez-Ruiz-Duran will spend a whopping 24 hours in the Roswell Detention Center. That 24-hour term is the minimum requirement under Georgia's DUI law. The vice consular will also have to pay a $500 fine, perform 40 hours of community service, and attend an alcohol and drugs risk-reduction program. Those are all standard penalties in Georgia for a first-time DUI offense.
Probably the harshest part of Mariano Saynez-Ruiz-Duran's sentence is that he'll be on probation for a year. That means he can't drink alcohol or take any drugs and must submit to alcohol and drug testing.
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