Nice try, but bikes can't climb trees!
I swear to drunk I'm not God.
An intoxicated character is interacting with a police officer, generally as a result of a traffic stop. They are clearly impaired, but are trying to act as if they aren't. Expect an Alcohol Hic
Almost always leads to Hypocritical Humor
, Implausible Deniability
or Blatant Lies
. Needless to say, often times it is Truth in Television
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- Seen in PSAs about not driving drunk. All of the people pulled aside have their cars filled with some kind of alcoholic drink (beer, red wine, or a martini complete with olives) and otherwise couldn't be more obvious about being intoxicated. One such PSA has a drunk motorcyclist, with his helmet full of booze. Don't ask.note
Anime And Manga
- England gets drunk in Axis Powers Hetalia: "You don't know me! I'm the United bloody Kingdom and I can hild my loquer better than you any day!"
- At one point in Discworld, Death attempts to get drunk.
YOU DRUNK I'M THINK, DON'T YOU?
- In one of the Teenage Worrier books, Letty offers this advice;
"If in trouble with the law, do not try to be funny. My own father was pulled over for drunk driving. He said 'I admit I've been driving but I'm perfectly fit to drink.' This Did Not Go Down Well. He might have done better if he hadn't been wearing a 'Free the Tottenham Three' T-shirt."
Live Action TV
- Comedian/folksinger Martin Pearson gives a detailed (and hilarious) description of this happening to him, leading to his arrest, in the introduction to "The Wine Song" on the album Too Close for Comfort.
- Yoshiki Hayashi's first DUI arrest in the US (that got taken down to reckless driving later in court) involved, from his own recounting of the incident, talking to the officer while holding an open bottle of wine that he had been drinking.
Stand Up Comedy
- Bill Hicks had a joke about talking with a policeman while on LSD.
- Change drunk to stoned and you get part of Robin Williams at the Met.
- Happens with the drunk driver in the play Money Talks. She staggers onto the stage clutching a steering wheel and tries to tell the court she is "as jober as a sudge".
- Sierra's Police Quest I has the player character (a traffic cop) pull over a drunk man who is a textbook example of this trope, "ociffer" and all.
- In True Crime: New York City, if the player hassles pedestrians and subjects them to unwarranted pat downs, some people may refer to you as "ociffer" as a snide insult.
Truth In Television
- The reason André the Giant was never charged with chasing four guys, and flipping their car over with all four in it. Would you believe four drunk guys ranting about an angry giant?
- One of the drunken Youtube Mexicans of the day was an extremely drunken girl who vehemently denied being drunk and claimed that it was the tree that hit her.
- This trope is why you should never interact with police officers if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, if you can possibly help it. You will do nothing to help your defense or others' defense. If you have to interact with police in such a state, refuse to speak as much as is possible and do not agree to anything, but politely ask to be let go (if you were stopped on the street walking, or were in a car with an intoxicated driver, or otherwise in a situation where you aren't the primary reason for their presence) and if they refuse to allow you to leave/you were being detained or arrested to begin with, demand a lawyer and SHUT UP.