Julius Grosso, 93, Accused of DUI in Scottsdale; Cops had to Pull Stubborn Codger Out of His Buick

At age 93, Julius Elmer Grosso of Scottsdale is one of those senior citizens who doesn't want to give up his car keys -- even after a two-hour drinking binge.

Cops say the stubborn nonagenerian gave them a hard time during a DUI investigation over the weekend, resulting in Grosso having to be pulled from his Buick, cuffed and arrested.

Grosso showed up at Zipp's bar, 7551 East Camelback Road, at about 5 p.m. on Saturday and proceeded to get hammered on scotch, according to a police report. His bar receipt, examined later by cops, showed he had six shots before leaving the place two hours later.

Staff at Zipp's tried to convince the codger he needed a cab, but Grosso wouldn't listen and insisted on driving. As a Zipp's employee watched, Grosso climbed into his Buick LeSabre and began to back out of his parking space.

Grosso moved the vehicle slowly about 20 feet, stopping four times to open and close the driver's-side door, unbuckling and rebuckling his seat belt each time. The employee figured Grosso was in no shape to get on the road and called Scottsdale police.

A responding officer noticed that Grosso's eyes were watery and his speech slurred. At the cop's request, Grosso handed over the Buick's keys, but then protested loudly that he wanted them back so he could go home. Police soon found out that Grosso's license had been "suspended, revoked and cancelled" for a previous DUI.

Three officers argued with Grosso, asking him to get out of the car, but he refused. Two of the cops were forced to "pull" the old guy from his car and slap cuffs on him before booking him into jail.

Police seek charges of aggravated DUI, failure to obey an officer and resisting an order to control a motor vehicle.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.
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