Can I be cited for DUI if I am on private property?

While it may be counter intuitive, an individual can be cited and subsequently charged with DUI while driving on private property. Granted this was not always the case, the current DUI statute provides for such. Specifically, RCW 46.61.502 is Washington’s DUI statute and it states, “a person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state.” The language, within this state, is the caveat to the statute that permits law enforcement to charge DUI while an individual is on private property.