reply to post by SyphonX
I completely understand your point. Nobody here is actually condoning the action of driving drunk. Since everyone else has a story full of emotion,
here is one that is my own little emotional story.
My brother, some other friends, and I were hanging out in Tulsa OK, going around bar hopping. My buddy Cory drank maybe a beer per bar and we only
went to 3, he was our DD and since he drinks alot more than I do, it was not enough to phase him at all.. Even though the owner of the car, my friend
Tim, got sideways drunk, Cory drove the car home. On the way home to Bartlesville, about an hour from Tulsa, we passed a Deputy Sheriff and he pulled
a U turn and started to tail us for 3.2 miles. It didn't make sense since Cory was driving perfect the entire way home. At about the 3 mile mark, we
passed 2 cop cars who were just sitting by the road. They started following the deputy until he kept going strait after we turned at an intersection.
The 2 regulars kept following us though for another 3 miles until my brother, like an idiot since we didn't have ashtrays in the car, through his
burnt out ciggarette butt out the _ The cops pulled us over for that and then proceeded to give us the 3rd degree of BS. When we couldn't
find the insurance papers (later we found out that the new verification was at his house), the cops were complete Arses and said things like "Wow how
good was the dope?"
This is the part that it got interesting because this all happened about 3:30am. They, for no reason, tell cory to get out of the car and start
giving him the field sobriety tests. It was around this time that i noticed that, not only was the deputy who tailed us there, but so was the sheriff
himself, another deputy, and 3 more cop cars, all together about 7-8 officers. (washington county, OK is not big, only about maybe 90 thousand people,
but has the 3rd largest police force in OK, with Tulsa and Oklahoma city counties having more)
After Cory passed all of the field sobriety tests with flying colors, they give him a breathalyzer, which he barely fails with a .09, when .08 is the
legal limit. They cuff him and arrest him for drunk driving. When they ask whos car it was, Tim (who was still very very drunk) told them and they
ask him if he knows where the papers are. He starts reaching up to the front of the car from the back and then they pull him out of the car (i guess
they were threatened by him
) and arrest him for public intoxication. They cuff him and slam his head down on the trunk while they do it,
triggering a few angry word from tim (as I am sure alot of you might as well if you were in the position lol)
Its at this point they pull me, my brother, and his girlfriend out of the car and and proceed to search it, but they don't test any of us to see if
we're drunk, which didn't make sense if they arrested Tim for Public Intox. One cop asks if we want to sit in his car with the heater (it was below
freezing outside) so we go and just sit in the back of his car while they search Tim's. The cop who asked us sat in the drivers seat when we were in
there and said, "Wow, this is ridiculous" My brother, not sure what he meant, said "yeah, its pretty cold out there" The cop then replied "No,
this entire thing is ridiculous. I just moved here from California a year ago and i've...this is too much"
After a few minutes, they pull 2 muscle relaxers out of my brother's girlfriend's purse. She said that she had got them from her friend for her
chronic back pain, since she didn't even remember she had them. Since i knew her well and knew she didn't ever pop pills since she's refused some
other friend's offers before, i knew she was telling the truth, but the cops still arrested her for "Possession of a controlled substance". So out
of 5 people in the car, me and my brother were the only ones who didn't get arrested for something that night.
My point in the story is that Cory, who was not impaired at all, got arrested needlessly, even after he passed all the physical sobriety tests.
After reading that part of the article, it makes sense that police are just fishing for People to arrest instead of actually stopping impaired
drivers. Those cops that night were just looking for any excuse to arrest people or find something to mark as an achievement, as indicated by how many
showed up at that time of night to one traffic stop. Especially when a cop has told me before that bartlesville only has a few active duty cops
around that time of night, So most of the cops that were out that night were wasting time at one traffic stop.
All in all, the point that the article makes isn't just some asshole wanting to drive legally drunk, it makes very good points about the subject.