You've heard the anti-DUI slogan, "Friends don't let friends drive drunk"? Here's another version, courtesy of a couple of Modesto men who landed in the Stanislaus County Jail this morning: "Friends don't let friends drive the getaway car drunk." This caper came to a head at 11:45 p.m.
Tuesday, when Daniel Thompson, 28, reportedly walked out of Joe's Mini Mart carrying two 18-packs of Bud Light for which he did not pay.
Customers at the store on Sutter Avenue in west Modesto tried to stall him as he left while someone called 911, Modesto police Sgt. Rick Armendariz said.
Thompson's getaway car arrived before the police, and he rode off.
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After officers talked to witnesses and got a description of the car, they spotted it a few blocks away and stopped it.
They arrested Thompson and his designated driver, 20-year-old Modestan Anthony Quijas, who failed a DUI test.
Thompson and Quijas were booked into the county jail: Thompson for burglary and entering a building with the intent to steal, and Quijas for driving under the influence.
"The car was towed and the beer was returned to the business," Armendariz said.