Case #: 16cm00xxxxxxx
On March 12, 2016, the Defendant was observed traveling westbound on Kennedy Boulevard. The Defendant's vehicle was drifting side to side. The Defendant then turned on Howard Avenue in front of the Officer and continued to drift in his lane. The Defendant then turned onto I-275 and continued to drift over the lane markers. The Defendant would accelerate to 80 mph, then reduce speed to around 60 mph. The Defendant was stopped for suspicion of DUI after continuing to drive outside of his lane on the interstate.
The Defendant was requested to perform field sobriety exercises which he agreed. The Defendant exhibited multiple clues of impairment on the walk and turn, and one leg stand exercises. The Defendant was placed under arrest for DUI. A search of the vehicle revealed a marijuana grinder in the center console. Marijuana buds were found on the vehicle floor in the space between the right side of the driver's seat and left side of the center console.
The Defendant was charged with DUI, possession of Marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Results: The State abandoned the marijuana and paraphernalia charges after case law was provided by the firm. The DUI charge was set for trial. On the morning the trial was set to begin, the State dropped the DUI charge.