Many years ago, a casual friend with whom I’ve lost touch was on his motorcycle and was rammed head on by a visiting U.S. Attorney who was plastered while driving a black Lincoln at night with no lights on after leaving the country club.
The Fed could barely stand up but was coherent enough to refuse breath and blood tests, refused to surrender his drivers license, and basically claimed “Diplomatic Immunity”. He was not arrested nor was any bail placed on him. State law stated that if alcohol was involved and a driver did not consent to testing they were subject to arrest and suspension of their license.
The 2 passengers in the vehicle were brothers who owned the local newspaper and starting the next day they ran daily editorials for months about how that poor U.S. Attorney was having his reputation tarnished and the populace was “acting like a lynch mob in the Old West”.
The friend spent a long time in the hospital and had a ton of medical bills. Eventually this was settled out of court but due to non-disclosure it’s unknown to me who footed the bill; insurance or the taxpayers. Probably the latter because (paraphrased), “I’m on duty 24 hours a day and you guys (local cops) have no authority over me”.