Sunday, August 11, 2013
A man driving 53 mph on Coleman Boulevard, which has a posted speed limit of 35 mph was pulled recently. When the officer approached the car, a heavy odor of alcohol wafted out of the windows. But the driver refused to admit he had been drinking. The officer then asked him to step out of the car. He refused and the officer explained to him that this was not up for negotiation. After some coaxing, the man finally stepped out of the car. The officer told him that the car smelled like too much alcohol for just one person to have been drinking. He admitted to two drinks and after a few field sobriety tests, it seems the man was going to get off with just a speeding ticket.
But, low and behold, according to the police report, his license was suspended. The driver was listed as a habitual traffic offender.
So at that point he was asked to step out of the car and turn around. He was informed he was being arrested for driving under suspension.
While arresting him the female passenger went nuts wanting to know what was going on and why he was being arrested.
In fact, she would not let it go and refused to get back in the car as instructed.
She kept asking police why they were doing this.
She was told to try and find a ride home because she was too drunk to drive, and this did not go over well. And after several minutes of trying to find someone to come get her, she was told her car would be towed but an officer would be kind enough to drive her home.
She could not understand why her car could not be left on the side of the road, the report said.
After some confrontational arguing, she rolled up her windows and tried to lock her car doors. She was told she would be removed with force if this behavior continued.
This went on for a while until she exited the cars, but had a death grip on her keys. She said her car would not be towed because she could not afford that. Every time an officer attempted to get the keys from her she pulled away.
She was told to stop and cooperate or she would be charged with interfering with the duties of an officer.
She was extremely intoxicated, according to the report, “and after playing keep away with the car keys,” she was arrested and her car towed.