My client’s vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and violated the lane lines. The Hinsdale Police Department pulled him over. During the initial contact with the police officer, the defendant had slurred speech. The officer observed him swaying while walking to the rear of his vehicle to perform the field sobriety tests and smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the client. He admitted to consuming numerous beers earlier in the evening. After performing the field sobriety tests and failing, he was then arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. My office did not want this DUI on his record so I went to trial. During the trial, I made the officer admit on cross examination that he gave the field sobriety tests completely different than he was taught at the Police Academy and therefore the results were unreliable and not admissible.Result: Not Guilty on All Charges
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