Q678: Can I be arrested if I am sat in my car drunk (over the permitted limit), but not driving?

Yes, there is an offence of being in charge of a mechanically propelled vehicle whilst being over the permitted limit. Each case would be judged on it's own merits but the officers would be looking at:

  • Whether you had the keys for the vehicle.
  • Were you in the vehicle at the time?
  • What were you doing at the time?
  • Whether there was anyone else in or near the vehicle.
  • What evidence is there that you were intending to drive the vehicle?

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