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, §316.1932.
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.
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