In New York, as in most other states (in fact, ALL other states) automobile drivers are required to have four wheels on their vehicle while they are driving. If you choose to drive your car without a tire, well, you’re just making it a little too easy for police to spot you.

You might laugh at the suggestion you keep all four tires on the road (or HAVE four tires) but not everyone is so, well, coherent.

When New York State Police stopped Adam Gula, 23, of Spring Hill, Fla., and examined his car, a white Hyundai, at about 2:18 a.m. on March 18, on the Northern State Parkway, they immediately knew something was amiss, because one of his wheels was missing. The right front wheel was just a rim, but that wasn’t keeping Gula from cruising down the highway. Oh, and neither was the alcohol in his system apparently.

A quick breath-alyzer test determined that Gula had a BAC of 0.19 percent, more than twice the legal limit. So, not only was Gula arrested driving with faulty equipment (i.e., the missing tire) he was also arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

You don’t need to attend New York traffic school to know that driving drunk, with or without all the tires on your car is a bad thing, but drivers like Gula really drive home the point. Not only did he damage his car by riding on the rim, he also endangered his own life and the lives of everyone sharing the road with him that night. And for what? What was so important that he just had to drive on the rim, drunk, to get someplace? Nothing.

Gula was just on his way home from a party, too drunk or too stupid to notice, or care, that his vehicle was badly damaged.

Now he not only has a damaged vehicle, but a damaged license (points for DUI) and some hefty fines to pay before he gets his license back.