“Baywatch” actor David Hasselhoff’s daughter, Hayley, was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol over the weekend after police say she passed out behind the wheel of her Mercedes Benz while driving on the freeway. According to a TMZ news report, the 24-year-old “Sharknado” actress was driving her white Mercedes on the 101 Freeway when the car came to a stop on the Fallbrook Avenue off-ramp.
Witnesses called 911 and when officers arrived, they found Hayley Hasselhoff passed out in the driver’s seat with her foot on the brake. Responders were able to wake her up and they got her to roll down the window. Officials quickly gained control of the car and got her out of the vehicle. Officials said her breath smelled of alcohol and that she failed a field sobriety test. She was arrested on suspicion of DUI and was taken to a nearby hospital to be evaluated. Once she was medically cleared, Hasselhoff was taken to a nearby jail and booked. No one was injured in the incident.
While this incident did not result in a crash or injuries, DUI crashes, injuries and fatalities are a common occurrence in Los Angeles. According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 88 fatalities and 1,948 injuries reported as a result of alcohol-related collisions in the city of Los Angeles. Countywide, 217 people died and 4,251 were injured due to DUI crashes during the same year.
Prevention is Key
When it comes to drunk driving, prevention is key. With summer just round the corner, this is a good opportunity for all of us to remember the grave consequences of driving under the influence – be it alcohol, recreational drugs or prescription drugs. Here are a few tips that might help save a life:
- Choose a non-drinking designated driver if you will be consuming alcohol.
- Ask for a ride. There are many alternatives to help you get home safely such as cabs.
- Protect others by taking their keys if they try to drive away after drinking. Sure, they may be mad at you, but you may have helped save a life.
- Always wear a seatbelt when you drive.
- If you see someone driving erratically, call 911 right away to report the driver.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a DUI crash, please contact an experienced DUI victim lawyer who will help uphold your rights and hold the wrongdoers accountable.