DUI Suspect Takes Selfie With Cop Arresting Him


If the smartphone era has taught us one thing, it's never waste the opportunity for a memorable selfie.

It's a lesson that Gilbert Phelps, 20, apparently took both to heart and to social media by taking a selfie with a police officer who was arresting him.

Phelps was pulled over for speeding at about 2 a.m. Thursday by Iowa City Police Officer Ben Hektoen, who also noticed the registration sticker was obstructed, according to

Hektoen said he detected the smell of booze in Phelps' car, and noted that Phelps copped to “smoking marijuana prior to driving.” The suspect allegedly displayed “measurable impairment” during field sobriety tests.

Although a Breathalyzer didn't pick up any suds on Phelps' breath,  a “certified Drug Recognition Expert” who analyzed him said he was “under the influence of cannabis" and unable to safely operate a motor vehicle, according to a police report.

However, Phelps wasn't impaired enough to stop going viral on social media.

During testing, the suspect asked if he could take a selfie with the officer, who "happily obliged," according to CBS 2.

Phelps posted the DUI selfie on SnapChat and captioned it with emojis of a police car, a passenger car and a tow truck, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Phelps has been charged with operating while under the influence and is free on bond. he is due in court Aug. 17 for a preliminary hearing.


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