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Police Officer Refuses to Take Field Sobriety Test

In previous blog entries, we’ve urged you to exercise your right of refusal for taking field sobriety tests if you’re pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). No better endorsement of that advice comes in the form of this news: an off-duty Tucson police officer who was arrested on suspicion of DUI refused to take part in any field sobriety test.

The Case at a Glance

The officer was arrested after he was found slumped over in his car. He had crashed into a parked vehicle. The engine in his car was still running. When he was awakened, the officer appeared “confused and did not understand what was going on,” reports said. After he refused a field sobriety test, officers were able to get a search warrant to draw the suspect’s blood. He was charged with DUI impairment to the slightest degree – a misdemeanor – and failure to control his speed to avoid a collision. Additionally, the officer resigned his position with the Tucson Police Department just after the incident.

Know Your Rights About DUI; Call The Oswalt Law Firm

As we’ve said before, because field sobriety tests are so subjective, there’s little if any reason to submit to one. Remember: they are 100% voluntary. If you’ve been charged with a DUI, you need skilled legal representation ASAP. Call The Oswalt Law Group for a free consultation at (602) 225-2222.

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