In the aftermath of a DUI or other drunk driving conviction, you get to tackle so much from both the administrative side (like your license suspension) and the judicial side (jail time, court costs, community service) that it can be mind-blowing to even consider that even more bad can happen. Then, it does: your car is stolen and inside sits your car breathalyzer device.
It is a bit of irony, considering the car thief had to prove his or her sobriety to drive off in your ride, and has to keep it up during their escapade, yet, it can happen.
If your car is stolen and you have a car breathalyzer requirement, there are some key steps to take once you alert law enforcement.
- Call your car breathalyzer or ignition interlock program supervisor and explain what has happened. You should have a police report for reference, should there be any concerns or official documentation needed.
- Call your car breathalyzer service center and let them know what has happened, as well.
The important part of this is that you remain calm. The odds are that the car thief doesn’t want your vehicle or your car breathalyzer, and the frustrating process of submitting a breath sample will be enough for them to abandon their plans and maybe rethink their own life.
Once you get your car back, be sure to alert your supervisor and your service provider for any further instructions. Your goal is to get back in the driver’s seat as soon as possible and be able to continue down your successful road to freedom from your drunk driving conviction. In the meantime, remember that you cannot drive another car without an interlock or car breathalyzer installed, and that even when you’ve been targeted by a criminal, you are always required to remain in compliance with your interlock requirement.