Drum And Bass DUI: Aaron Cogley Drove Like A Drunk While Jamming Out Stone-Cold Sober

By iScienceTimes Staff on April 5, 2013 4:15 PM EDT

Drum And Bass DUI
Drum and bass music gained popularity on the UK rave scene. (Photo: Reuters)

They say music is intoxicating, and for the UK man charged with a drum and bass DUI this is especially true. Aaron Cogley, of Bristol, was cutting off motorists and taking turns at dangerous speeds and the police who saw him assumed he was driving while intoxicated.

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"It's always serious, dangerous driving. Even if you only went up to 40mph you were lucky that night. You could have had an accident and been hurt, or worse you could have hurt someone else. Police thought you had taken something," said Judge Kevin De Haan during Cogley's sentencing.

Turns out he was just jamming out to his favorite dance music, making him the world's first case of drum and bass DUI. Although the story sounds silly, the drum and bass DUI is no laughing matter for Cogley, who is a professional driver and is now unemployed after a judge barred him from driving for a year as well as giving him 80 hours of community service and fining him approximately $90.

"It was stupid. He was carried away because of the intoxicating effects of drum and bass music," Cogley's attorney, David Miller, told the Bristol Post.

According to Wikipedia drum and bass "is a type of electronic music which emerged in the mid-1990s. The genre is characterized by fast breakbeats (typically between 160-180 beats per minute, occasional variation is noted in older compositions), with heavy bass and sub-bass lines. Drum and bass began as an offshoot of the United Kingdom rave scene of the early 1990s. Over the first decade of its existence, the incorporation of elements from various musical genres led to many permutations in its overall style."

If you're still curious about what type of music led to the drum and bass DUI, here's a popular clip courtesy of YouTube:

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