Cops Charge 14-Year-Old With Driving While High After 5 a.m. Thanksgiving Night Munchie Run

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Steven Duque's Thanksgiving meal was not enough to prevent a disastrous case of the munchies
It may be the strangest DUI arrest report ever. It lists the male subject as just 5-foot-6 and 137 pounds. Occupation: Miami Killian High School student. And under last meal: "Seasonal/turkey, rice, mashed potatoes/Thanksgiving."

Meet Steven Wilson Duque: 14 years old and charged with driving while high on Turkey Day. Stranger still is that Duque appears to be innocent. A toxicology report shows the only thing he was on that night was a mission for some McDonald's. That means one of the county's top DUI cops unjustly arrested a terrified teenager.

"This could uproot how the state goes about proving somebody is under the influence of drugs or alcohol," claims Duque's defense attorney, Scott Kotler. Miami-Dade police declined to comment.

Duque's disastrous outing started normally enough. After dinner in Cutler Bay, he, his younger sister, and a cousin pored through the entire cannabis canon: Friday, Cheech and Chong, and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.

Inspired, the trio decided to make an illicit 5 a.m. run to McDonald's. As the oldest, Duque stole the keys to his mom's Toyota Scion.

The only problem was that Duque also drove like Cheech and Chong. He ran a stop sign and cut in front of another vehicle on Old Cutler Road.

By the time he reached Mickey D's at SW 203rd St., cops were right behind him.

"Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God," Duque mumbled. He admitted to Miami-Dade Police Officer Richard Closius that he was 14 and didn't have a license.

"At the beginning, they were laughing like it was all OK," says Duque, whose voice could be generously described as prepubescent. "I was hoping that they would just let it slide and let me go home."

Instead, Closius bore down. "He kept saying, 'Are you on marijuana? I can tell that you are!' " says the teenager.

When Duque admitted to taking a puff a couple of days earlier, the cop put the kid through a battery of tests. Closius's report said Duque's eyelids trembled, he swayed four inches while balancing, and he missed the tip of his nose with his finger. His conclusion: Duque was baked.

The teen was taken to the station. When Duque twice aced the Breathalyzer, cops asked him to piss into a cup. Only then did they call his mom. But the urine sample rained on the cops' parade.

"The kid was clean as a whistle," says Kotler.

The attorney claims the bogus bust could have bigger implications. Closius is one of the county's top drug recognition experts. "What's the value of allowing these experts to testify in court like that?" Kotler asks.

Duque, meanwhile, hopes the DUI charges get dropped -- even if he may still have to deal with lesser charges. (He has a court hearing this Wednesday. Check back for updates.)

The worst part about his extralegal escapade? Cops didn't even let him have a cheeseburger, he says.

"It was all for nothing, man."

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I can only imagine how many other false arrests Closius has made and it all goes unnoticed because of ALL the money he brings in to the county!!!


When I read the article I initially thought the real story was a 14 year old driving illegally and endangering the lives of others, but now can see more clearly that there seems to be some type of government conspiracy to hassle underage reckless drivers.  It's getting to the point that teens and pre-teens can't even get out and have a good time at 5 in the morning anymore.


the real story here is these handful of drug recogniton experts/evaluators are testifying in court and rendering opinions that convict people and send them to jail... AND NOW WE SEE THIS IS A SERIOUSLY FLAWED PROCESS! but i doubt anyone including the courts will take notice unless all my fellow dui attorneys start raising the issue.. !!

Lisa Edmunds
Lisa Edmunds

Repeat after me, Kids: "I am 14 years old officer. I would like my parents or attorney here before I answer any questions." Then shut the hell up till somebody brings you bail money, Don't you learn that from watching "Jackass?"

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