Saturday, February 23, 2013
An officer came face to face with another driver who did not turn off their high beams while traveling down Rifle Range Road. So the officer turned around and followed the vehicle which turned right into an nearby neighborhood. The officer pulled the driver over and the she came to a stop in the middle of an intersection.
The driver motioned toward the neighborhood she was stopped in and told the officer she was heading home. But according to her license, she did not even live in that neighborhood.
The officer then asked her if she was going home, why did she pull onto this street. She told him it was because he was following her. (Even thought she turned into the neighborhood before the officer even turned around to follow her).
The report said the officer smelled alcohol on her breath and asked her if she had been drinking. She said no, but when the officer asked her why he smelled alcohol, she had no response.
She then stated, “I would appreciate it if we could just go home.”
She added, “What do you need from me?”
And since the officer did not live with her, “we” were not going home.
She was then asked to step out of the car and as she did she said, “I am not going to do any field sobriety tests.”
The officer had not said anything about field sobriety tests.
The officer however had only asked her to step out of the car. He had not said anything about field sobriety tests. Then he asked her again how much she had to drink and she said, “Not much. Nothing at all.” Then she said, “Nothing. I really haven’t had that much at all.”
She then asked the officer if he could just follow her home, the report stated. She eventually agreed to do field sobriety tests. The officer asked her if she had any physical impairments to which she responded no, according to the report. Then she showed the officer her boots and said they “were made for walking.”
He then asked her if she wore glasses or contacts and she said she wore contacts and they were worn out.
The driver was either unwilling or unable to follow directions when the officer asked her to use her eyes only to follow the light on his pen. She even swayed a few times and almost fell over, the report stated. The report said the officer gave the girl an opportunity to take her walking boots off, but she did not want to. She had trouble even standing where the officer told her to stand. She began the tests and after numerous attempts kept losing her balance and falling to the left. She asked the officer, “Can’t we just go home.” She was ultimately charged with DUI and blew a .23 percent on the Breathalyzer.
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