DUI & Criminal Division

While on patrol, a DUI officer noticed a vehicle stopped at the red light of Brorein and Franklin St. The vehicle was completely beyond the stop bar. The vehicle lurched forward several times before the signal changed and then accelerated rapidly. The driving pattern indicated that the driver was possibly impaired.The officer then made a traffic stop. The driver had a distinct odor of alcohol on her breath and her eyes were bloodshot and glassy. The Defendant had an unsteady appearance that was consistent with that of an impaired driver. The officer then administered field sobriety exercises. The Defendant failed to maintain her balance, started prior to being instructed, did not touch heel to toe, stepped off the line and took the wrong number of steps on the walk and turn test. On the one leg stand test, the Defendant had to put her foot down and swayed. The Defendant was placed under arrest for DUI. She refused to provide a breath sample. Results: Case was set for trial and the State dropped the DUI charge.