Originally Posted by tigerfan00
1st things 1st
I have very little tolerance for DUI...however...Though I'm Datamaster certified, I usually call SCHP when I get a stop where I think theyre drunk because they keep stats on those things and we dont...so I help them out
With that being said, sure alcohol affects everyone differently, BUT alcoholic beverages start impacting your body from the first drink...period
A .15 is WAY more than 3 beers, even if he shotgunned them all as the cop was walking to his car
Nikki, because you are in dispatch and not out there on the road, you are still excited and want to lock up everyone that breaks the law...it happens...it's normal...it doesn't make sense to let someone go for something like a DUI
We were all there once upon a time...but after you spend some time out there working (not just riding along) and figuring out how court works out for different things etc, you'll learn that there are times when an arrest isnt the best thing
One thing my Cpl. taught me was that for any non-felony you have to weigh the arrest
Are you accomplishing anything and altering future behavior by putting that person in jail? In this case, he has prior reckless...do you think that a little jail time is going to alter his future behavior? I doubt it
Like you said, you heard things he didnt, and he saw things you didnt...and while you should work together, what is heard can often be very deceiving...kind of like when jack and jill get into an argument, and jill gets butthurt so she calls 911 on jack...on the phone she can scream and cry and act scared...but once the officers get there...it's absolutely opposite of what you heard
What you heard rarely will end up in court either...plus if it's an iffy case...no officer wants to get in front of a judge and look like a complete dildo and lose any sort of credibility he has in that court
For this situation, the end result is probably the same...doubtful would a dui have stopped him from driving...and either way he got home without killing anyone
and side note, if i was your bf, I wouldn't appreciate the arm-chair quarterbacking of my decisions on the street either...just my personal opinion and a big reason why I will never date anyone related to the police world
^This. I developed my attitude towards DUIs while doing ride-alongs with my brother while I was still in school. He never gave anyone a DUI. Mostly because he didnt want to mess up someone's life over something we've all done in our lives.
But the main reason for being lenient on DUIs- and by lenient I dont mean letting the person drive away- is beacuse you don't want to be tied up for 3 hours while everyone else on your squad is going from call to call.
You have to prioritize.
Plus, the paper on a DUI sucks
Originally Posted by Lost_Humanity
I'm torn on this topic.
A god friend of mine was pulled over in Tulsa many moons ago for speeding and nothing else. Officer smelled alcohol on him and had him do the field sobriety (which he failed) then took him to the pokey where he took the breathalyzer - where he blew a .07 (.08 legal limit in OK).
Now, here's the thing, dude had to spend the night in the clink even though he didn't blow over the limit. That seems odd to me. Why wasn't he allowed to call a ride? Isn't that wrongful imprisonment if he's not breaking the law?
So he ended up getting charged with Driving While Impaired, which I guess is a lesser offense, paid some fines, did some classes and got the whole thing expunged from his record. But still, it seems dumb that he had to spend the night in the tank when he wasn't even over the limit.
He sure was pissed when I came and got him the next morning, too.
Down here there is a mathematical formula used and recognized by the court, that determines what your blood alchohol level was when you were stopped, based on the time you blew, what you blew at, and the time you were stopped.
The courts recognize that if you get pulled over at 9pm, and dont blow till much later, you're result will be lower than it was when you got stopped.
Maybe your state does this as well?