Diabetic or Drunk - Cop Not Once Asked If I was Diabetic

By theAutodude Latest Reply 2018-12-18 20:17:52 -0600
Started 2018-08-31 04:15:39 -0500

I had diabetes for over 20 years. It seems to have gotten worse the past 5 years.

My wife died from LUPUS complications when our newborn son was only 9 months old. I raised him all by myself from then on. He is now 14.

In those 14 years while I was carrying our laundry basket I got very weak, and very light headed so I had to drop the basket and made it into the house and gobbled down sugar after poking my finger and seeing a 30 something reading. 20 minutes later I was fine.

Getting to the point one afternoon I was driving home and saw the engine temp. go on. My car overheated on that hot day. Without thinking I used all I had to push the car off the roadway. I exited the car and pulled the hood latch to help cool it down. As I stood I felt dizzy, awful, and my knees were shaking. I held on to the fender so I would not fall down. By that time I could not talk or stand on my own. I got really scared as I looked up and saw a police officer walking towards me.
All I can remember after that was just spurts. I felt a stick like an object being forced down my throat. Next, I guess the jailers had fun with me allowing me to fall to the ground so many times to count and laughing. Next, I was pulled up by one arm and forced to sign a paper. There was blood everywhere. For over 20 hours I lay on that cold county jail floor. Finally, the jailers yelled at me to eat my breakfast. After finally eating I felt like my old self again. I was then told I was being charged with a DUI.

My tox screen showed NO alcohol or Illegal Drugs. I about cried watching the Dash Cam Video.

Well, my bad attorney told me to sign a diversion agreement stating I drank a bottle of whiskey and give up my rights in the future if this ever comes up again. I quit drinking for over 5 years! I was so mad I told him I will not sign it. Its been weeks now and he will not return my calls. I am stumped on what to do. I may have to go and sign this just to put this nightmare behind me.

But I guess that's what us diabetics go through daily. Any ideas out there, please?

7 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2018-09-06 23:05:30 -0500 Report

Hi AutoDude, it's good to meet you. I am sorry you went through this. It's just terrible the way you were treated. It shows how much ignorance there is out there regarding diabetes and how it affects people. I hope you will come out of this as well as possible. You deserve better than how you were treated. You're a hero in your own right! I hope you will keep us posted on how this turns out.

GabbyPA 2018-09-06 18:21:31 -0500 Report

Was there no way to get them to understand that you were diabetic and explain what happened? That just seems so out of place. I have heard of other members facing similar, though not as horrible treatment, with driving and experiencing a low. If there was no tox report to back up the arrest, there should have been further investigation as to what was happening.

You may not be able to change what happened to you. But you can prevent it from happening in the future. Go back to the station and talk to the chief and see if you can conduct an awareness class for the officers. They are lucky they were not sued, and letting them know that could be in the future if they do not learn how to HELP someone when they need it.

I am so sorry you went through this. It is our responsibility to make sure we are safe drivers and if lows are common you may need to prepare for your trips differently. I understand you exerted yourself and that may have caused the low. I have had those 30 lows and I know how scary they can be. But they also taught me to make sure I am clearly marked as a diabetic. I keep a meter with me at all times. I carry glucose tablets so I can treat if I need to.

Their job is to protect and serve. It sounds like they did neither in your case. Not out of spite, but with genuine concern, I would go back, face them and teach them. You may be very surprised at how it could change them.

Nick1962 2018-09-06 15:53:35 -0500 Report

Don’t know what state you’re in, but your lawyer nay not have been so bad on your behalf, although I don’t think he’s smart. In some states you would likely have to have a medical evaluation to get a driver’s license (depending on state and type T1 or T2) and in some states you may not get one at all.
Yes, the cops were wrong, but had you been driving and not stopped when this happened, it could have been dangerous. You were technically “impaired”.

Now had you signed off on being drunk, and this happened again, and they found out about the diabetes and it being “covered up” by you and your lawyer, well…… I don’t think how you were treated by the cops here is the only issue.


msann 2018-09-01 11:32:06 -0500 Report

wow so sorry where did the blood come from do you have any family did your doctor respond you need someone to help you through this keep us updated praying for you

Type1Lou 2018-08-31 14:55:13 -0500 Report

I'm puzzled as to how they can charge you with DUI if they have no proof that you were intoxicated. I'm sure you can prove that you have diabetes and that you are subject to low blood sugars which often mimic the signs of intoxication. It sounds to me like the police were negligent in their treatment of you and put you in danger by not recognizing and treating a medical condition. You might want to contact the ADA (American Diabetes Association) in your area about this incident to see if they can point you in the right direction. You also might want to consider wearing some sort of Medic-Alert ID to, hopefully prevent this from re-occurring. So sorry you were subjected to this.

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