Case #: 08CXXT34XX54AXX NO CONVICTION AS CHARGED
A Port St. Lucie police officer alleged she saw the Defendant make a wide right turn onto Port St. Lucie Blvd and begin swerving across all three lanes of traffic. The police officer then claimed she observed the Defendant almost hit a curb and guardrail twice. A sergeant, who was traveling the opposite direction of the Defendant, claimed the Defendant was driving “all over the road.” Upon making a traffic stop, the officer said the Defendant appeared confused and disoriented. The Defendant had a strong odor of alcohol and admitted to having “a couple.” The Defendant presented his registration to his boat instead of his car. The Defendant performed poorly on the field sobriety exercises. Defense counsel was able to retrieve the officer’s in car video which depicted a driving pattern far different then what the officer alleged in her police report. Defense counsel prepared legal documents to suppress the traffic stop. At the suppression hearing, defense counsel brought to the surface the many inconsistencies in the testimony of the State’s witnesses, thereby persuading the judge to rule that the sergeant “does not have an accurate memory” and the arresting officer “was not credible.” The judge ruled in favor of the Defendant and all charges were dropped.