This case, as described by writer Steve Eder in the Wall Street Journal, shows how bad it can get for a driver pulled over by the police and put through the ringer on suspicion of impaired driving. 42-year-old Catrena Green drove past a state trooper with her brights on. This didn’t please the trooper, who pulled her over, and then claimed that Green’s constricted pupils aroused his suspicions.
Trooper Adam Throckmorton claimed that she had difficulty getting her seatbelt off, prior to giving her the field sobriety test, and that she failed the test by “hesitating” on the numbers part – which isn’t easy to do for a sober person.
Apparently Green did fine on the other parts of the sobriety test, which would lead one to question whether she really “failed” it. Nonetheless, Throckmorton arrested Green and brought her to the local slammer, where she spent two days.
And the urine test was negative, indicating that she hadn’t been drinking or was under the influence of drugs.
As Eder reports, the judge wrote, “[O]fficers do not have free rein to administer field sobriety tests to whomever they please and then to arrest that person for making the slightest misstep while performing the tests.”
Whether you have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving for the first time, or for the third or fourth time, you need to speak with a Baltimore DUI lawyer to protect your legal rights.