California Man Tries Using 'Gauze and Band-aids' to Fix Two Flat Tires, Gets Arrested on Drugs Charge

A man was arrested on a drug charge in California yesterday after he was spotted trying to fix flat tires on his car with a variety of adhesive bandages, police say.

The suspicious driver was detained by officers from Mission Viejo Police Services. They were alerted to the incident by a resident who called dispatchers after the man was seen standing next to the parked white SUV close to Barbadanes and Felipe Road at approximately 6 a.m.

When deputies arrived at the scene they noticed both of the driver's side tires were flat. A pile of sticky plasters were lying on the ground next to the vehicle and medical gauze—typically used to dress wounds—had been stuffed inside a gap in the rubber of the rear right tire.

The driver was arrested for being under the influence of drugs and taken to jail. Orange County authorities did not confirm his identity, describing him only as a 26-year-old.

"This is another great example of the teamwork between our alert community and your deputies! Keep calling in suspicious activity to keep our city safe!" the Mission Viejo Police Services wrote on Facebook alongside three images of the man's broken-down vehicle.

The post has since attracted more than 200 shares on the social media platform and hundreds of people have commented under the pictures. Some offered thanks, but most had jokes.

At about 6 a.m. this morning, an alert citizen noticed a suspicious man next to a parked vehicle near Felipe /...

Posted by OCSD - Mission Viejo Police Services on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

"I hope he used waterproof Band-Aids. One puddle and all the sticky would come off!" one user wrote. Another Facebook comment read: "Everyone knows you need bubble gum and balloons for that." Still, others noted the situation could potentially have had deadly consequences.

"I find it shocking that everyone finds this funny," one user wrote. "This person is obviously ill, could have killed someone while driving around and has a family that is no doubt hurting."

Scott Mitchell Law Inc., a legal services firm based in Modesto, has said that driving under the influence of drugs is subject to the same penalties as drunk driving in the state. Upon conviction, there is a wide range of penalties, including fines, probation, license suspension, incarceration and community service.

"Even your first drugged driving conviction could result in six months of jail time and a $1,000 fine," it explains on its website. "If convicted of a second drugged driving offense, you may be subject to one year of incarceration and a $1,000 fine. The court may require you to complete a DUI recovery program and the DMV mays suspend your driver's license for two years."