A college student in Arkansas, who police suspected of driving while intoxicated, demonstrated his sobriety by juggling in front of the officers (video below).
Blayk Puckett goes to school at the University of Central Arkansas. On the night of March 3, Puckett was on his way home from the library. He was driving slowly because he knew one of his brake lights was broken.
“I had a brake light out and so I’m driving very carefully, trying to be as careful as I can not to do anything wrong because I knew my brake light was out,” he told WGN.
When he saw a police car behind him, he knew the jig was up.
“As soon as I got to the stoplight and had to brake I knew I was going to get pulled over,” he said.
UCA police sergeant Keith McKay — one of two officers who pulled Puckett over — indicated that driving well below the speed limit is often a sign the person behind the wheel is drunk.
“A lot of times, especially around a college campus, the later in the night it gets the slower they go, and especially if they almost hit a curb once it’s a typical indication they might be impaired,” McKay explained.
The traffic stop was captured on the officers’ dash and body cams, and the resulting video has since been uploaded to YouTube.
The video begins with Puckett — whose license plate reads “JUGGLER” — pulling into a restaurant parking lot. The officers approach his car and ask him a series of questions.
After checking his license and registration, one of the officers asks Puckett what he has in his pocket. Puckett responds that he’s a magician and a juggler, at which point the officers ask if he wouldn’t mind showing off his skills.
“No pressure, though,” the officer says as Puckett reaches into his car to grab his juggling pins. “I want you to know that you don’t have to.”
“This is going to be awesome,” the other officer says.
“The only requirement is you have to get a video of me juggling while I’m pulled over,” Puckett says, handing one of the officers his cellphone.
The officer uses the phone to record Puckett while he juggles for 20 seconds.
“I knew I could prove I hadn’t been drinking, especially with juggling clubs in the back seat,” Puckett told WGN. “It’s just more fun when you can juggle and have more fun with the officers than a standard traffic stop that’s boring and scary.”
Sergeant McKay admitted that it was the most fun he’s had during a traffic stop.
“I try to make as much fun as I can but this was absolutely the most fun I’ve had,” he said.