A woman who “smelled of booze and had bloodshot eyes,” told
a deputy she was “awesome,” that she had drank a few beers,
and asked him if he wanted to dance during the field sobriety test, according
to a TCPalm blog on
“Off The Beat” news, which obtained the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office report.
When the officer asked her how long she’d lived in her home, she
said “a minute.” Though this might have been a fine exchange
between friends, it spelled trouble during questioning by a law officer.
According to the IRCSO report, officers were on their way to a burglary
call when Julie Kay Harper, driving a Mercury Grand Marquis, nearly ran
them off the road making a wide turn and changing lanes.
After failure of the field sobriety test, Harper was arrested on June 22
at 1:26 a.m. for misdemeanor charges including DUI, driving an unregistered
vehicle and driving with a suspended license, posted bond and was released
on bond at 12:21 p.m. that afternoon,IRCSO inmate public records show. Harper was asked to take a breathalyzer test at the jail, but refused
even after being informed of implied consent.
While this news may seem bizarre, a DUI is a serious offense, which carries
with it fines and penalties.
Fortunately, no serious injuries or fatalities were reported in the above
case, but in many other cases, a negligent or drunken driver can cause
a catastrophic accident that can change the lives of the injured and their
families forever. If you or someone you know has been injured by a drunk
driver, then you may be able to seek compensatory and punitive damages. Please
contact us to protect your legal rights.
Breath test refusal has serious consequences
While some may think that all they have to do is refuse to take a breath
test to get off the hook for intoxicated driving, there are serious consequences
under Florida’s Implied Consent Laws,
Under this statute, refusal to submit to a lawful breath test may result
in the suspension of the person’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle
for a period of 1 year for a first refusal. If there has been a prior
refusal to submit to any lawful test of breath, alcohol, or urine and
the person refuses again it may result in an additional misdemeanor and
suspension of the person’s driver’s license for 18 months.