Friday Fallout: Suspected Of Drunk Driving? Don’t This With Police

suspected of drunk drivingA field sobriety test is something police ask a driver to perform when they are suspected of drunk driving. Normally a field sobriety test can be one or all of three specific tests: the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the one-leg stand and the walk and turn.

You may see one or two of these tests done more often than others, but it’s these three tests and only these three tests that police use to assess someone suspected of drunk driving and give that officer further clarification before they progress to a breathalyzer test.

There are also other field sobriety tests that people have performed, and you may have heard of these, but it’s not recommended you try them.

Juggling as a field sobriety test

His license plate says JUGGLER on it, so police shouldn’t have been surprised when they pulled over a young Arkansas man for driving too slowly and found out he juggles and does magic for a living. Instead of submitting to a standard field sobriety test, the juggler thought he’d pull out his pins and give them a show.

Officers said that his juggling act wasn’t a substitute for his field sobriety test, but it turns out it worked out anyway: the juggler wasn’t drunk at all. He had a burnt out tail light and was driving slowly to avoid getting stopped.

friday-falloutCartwheels from someone suspected of drunk driving

When a New Mexico woman was suspected of drunk driving and pulled over, she was given instructions on how to perform a field sobriety test. Instead of following those instructions, she decided to do a few cartwheels instead.

Although officers told her to stop, she continued to do cartwheels, even striking one irritated officer in the process. Unlike the Juggler, she actually was drunk driving, and she’s been charged with driving while intoxicated and battery of an officer.

The moral of this story? When you’re suspected of drunk driving, bringing your own field sobriety test to the table can only end with you being in more trouble than you already are. Stick to the three standard tests and save the magic tricks and tumbling acts for another time.

The Friday Fallout: Every Friday Guardian Interlock will bring you a unique drunk driving case that demonstrates the impact, or fallout, of drunk driving.

Just Say No To The DUI Selfie

DUI-Selfie-Smoking-GunUnless you’ve been living off the grid somewhere, you’ve probably heard of or have taken your own selfie. These individual snap shots have become such a big thing the word has its own entry in the dictionary, but it might be awhile before they have an addition for the ‘DUI Selfie’.

The driving under the influence (DUI) selfie came to be after a young man in Iowa City was arrested after being pulled over for speeding. The arresting officer noticed he had the odor of alcohol inside the vehicle and when asked, the driver admitted to smoking marijuana before he got behind the wheel of his car.

After a few field sobriety tests, the driver displayed what the officer called a ‘measurable impairment’ and he was then asked to submit to a breathalyzer test. That breathalyzer resulted in a .0 reading, and at that point a Drug Recognition Expert made an assessment. He determined that the driver was under the influence of cannabis and he was deemed unsafe to operate a vehicle.

Where did the selfie come in? When he was brought in to the police station, the driver asked the officer if he would pose for a Snapchat selfie with him. The officer obliged, and even gave the thumbs up.

It might be pretty funny when you see someone snapping a selfie in a situation like this, but not every DUI case ends on such a lighthearted note. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is extremely dangerous, and this driver might not be smiling when he receives up to $1,200 in fines and a 180-day drivers license suspension. If it was his second offense, he will also have to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle he drives.

Let’s hope this is the last we’ll see of the DUI selfie.

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