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Defense attorney Tom Hudson saw the video of a DUI stop and figured it was finally time to turn the tables on law enforcement and film them driving.
The stunt helped a Sarasota man beat a DUI charge.
A dash-cam from the squad car showed Ronald Deveau’s car gently drifting to the left side of his lane and back to the middle twice. Deveau’s car never leaves the lane, over-corrects the steering, speeds, or gives any other indication of impaired driving.
Despite that, the deputy saw enough drifting in those 30 seconds to stop Deveau’s car on suspicion of drunk driving. Hudson saw a normal driver, and the latest example of overzealous traffic enforcement in the name of safe roads.
“Everybody weaves in their lane, even the police,” Hudson said.
Assistant State Attorney Michael Dear tried to save his case. He pointed out to Smith that she did not know the condition of the officer driving the squad car on her video, who could have been ill, tired, distracted or even drunk.
“For all you know, he could have been three sheets to the wind,” Dear said.
“I hope he wasn’t,” Smith said.