Case #: 2009CM17XXXXXX NO CONVICTION AS CHARGED
The Defendant was seen traveling at a high rate of speed on Bloomingdale Ave. Defendant’s speed was clocked at 60 mph in a 45 mph zone. The Defendant was also seen making several unsafe lane changes, causing other traffic to react by braking or swerving to avoid the Defendant. The Defendant was stopped for suspicion of DUI. Upon making contact with the Defendant, the Deputy noted a strong odor of alcohol, watery/bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. The Defendant told the Deputy he was under 21 years old and he had a beer at a friend’s house. The Defendant was asked to step out of the vehicle and he was very unsteady on his feet and had to lean on the vehicle to support himself. The Defendant again told the Deputy he had a beer at friend’s house and he also had smoked some marijuana yesterday. The Defendant admitted to having a Natural Light beer can in his car. When asked if there was anything else in the car the Deputy should know about, the Defendant stated he had a leaf grinder and a pipe under his driver’s seat. The Defendant admitted to feeling the effects of the alcohol and the marijuana he had smoked the day before. The Defendant was asked to perform field sobriety exercises, which he agreed. On the follow the pen test, he scored all 6 possible clues of impairment. On the walk and turn test, the Defendant could not keep his balance while listening to instructions, had to stop to steady himself while walking, did not touch heel to toe 5 times, stepped off the line 4 times, lost his balance during the turn and used his arms for balance. On the One leg stand test, the Defendant swayed while trying to balance. On the alphabet test, the Defendant swayed and could not keep his eyes closed. The Defendant was then placed under arrest. A search of the car revealed a pipe and leaf grinder where the Defendant had admitted they were. Also an unopened 12 oz. Natural Light Beer was found. The Defendant was charged with DUI, underage possession of alcohol, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Defendant provided a breath sample of .120 and .125. Result: The DUI and underage possession of alcohol charges were dropped by the State Attorney’s Office.