Skip to comments.Sober driver charged with DUI... even though he had a 0.000 blood-alcohol content [AZ]
Posted on 06/10/2013 10:15:50 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
An Ohio man was charged with DUI after her was pulled over by the police, despite the fact that a breathalyzer test showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.000.
64-year-old Jessie Thornton who now lives in Surprise, Arizona said cops told him that they could tell he was drunk simply by looking at him.
Surprise Police Department paperwork shows Thornton was 'pulled over for crossing the white line in his lane.'
'An officer walked up and he said I can tell youre driving DUI by looking in your eyes. I take my glasses off and he says, Youve got bloodshot eyes.
Thornton said two other officers arrived and they conducted the sobriety test.
With a BAC of 0.000, the situation should have been resolved quickly, but Thornton was evaluated for possible drug use as well.
'Yes, I do the breathalyzer and it comes back zero, zero, zero,' said Mr Thornton.
While in custody, a 'DRE' or drug recognition expert is called in to test him.
'After he did all the tests, he says, 'I would never have arrested you, you show no signs of impairment.'
'I then get this message that my license is being suspended and I have to take some sort of drinking class or something,' he said.
Mr Thornton now claims that it wasn't DUI but motivated by race.
'It was driving while black,' he proclaimed. 'I just don't want any of this to happen to somebody else,' he said.
His latest incident with Surprise police officers prompted him to hire a lawyer with plans to sue the department for $500,000.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
It doesn’t have to be alcohol that’s causing his problem.
Read the entire column.
MAD want to lower the limit to 0.00%
even less than that. They want it to be -.01
I just got over pink eye. I guess the Surprise PD could have arrested me too. Not only should the city be sued but the officers and their supervisors should be held PERSONALLY responsible.
When confronted by a
highway stormtrooper traffic cop, always admit you did whatever he said you did even if you didn't. hose are the new rules. Government always right, citizen subject always wrong.
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise.
He should have moved to Happy Valley instead.
It's good enough for doctors, lawyers, nurses, pharmacists, etc., but evidently not good enough for cops.
I don’t care for the “racist” angle, but I’ve been through hip replacements, and you don’t do it if you don’t hurt like Hell. I hope he gets the half-million. And I’d like to see the officer see some punishment, but that won’t happen.
I'd get straight A's. I guarantee it.
Don’t drive. You can save lives!
Oh Lord, black dude. He comes al and jesse.
I doubt it - not enough $$$ for the extortionists.
It wasn’t motivated by race. The DUI laws have become a neoprohibitionist movement and a moneymaker for politiicans, MADD, the courts, the county, lawyers, and the insurance racket.
Blowing below 0.08 does not free you of being charged. Blowing above it only makes it easier for them to convict you.
Now engage in some carnival games of balance and memory and we’ll see how much we can shake out of you.
Finally, equal justice for those of us who do drank and drive!
The other thing that’s at work is the tendency for cops to double down once they’ve f’ed up. They do something wrong, you demonstrate that they’re wrong and they’re still going to charge you to keep you quiet.
I don’t doubt that for a moment.
I’ve contended for years that people who just finished a hard/heavy weight training or cardio workout ride a post-workout “high” that can impair driving. I’ve personally experienced this more often than I can count.
Red eyes from swimming in an LA Fitness pool (probably very chlorinated as are most public pools), been stopped 10x for basically nothing, etc.
Just thugcops in action...
Janice Kay “Jan” Brewer(R)Governor of Arizona.
That might be enough incentive.
Ah, gotcha. Which doesn’t change the fact this guy seems to have a legit beef.
Looks like these officers are taking George's advice.
That’s why they call this place Surprise!
If there’s no better evidence of DUI than erratic driving, he’ll probably skate in the court, but it does smell like generic harassment. The race card, it has long been maxed out however.
I don’t care what color he is. “We” have created an authoritarian nightmare no matter where a citizen lives or what he drives. Americans want to live in an impossible zero risk environment. Americans demand that any minuscule risk that can be identified be transfered to others. In otherwords Americans DEMAND that personal authority be transfered to strangers in order to save their sorry worthless Gubment cheese addled butts. I hope the dynamic duos of Sharpton and Jackson reign unholy, ridiculous hell on Suprise.
MAD wants to arrest you if you ever thought about taking a drink.
“this guy seems to have a legit beef.”
Agreed, the race angle would just be gas on fire.
“Hey you look intoxicated” well on what. Hot alcohol, obviously. I suppose they demanded either blood test for other possible intoxicants or forfeiture of license. But if the other possible intoxicants come up clean then the worst a sane prosecution should accuse would be erratic driving (not staying in lane whatever), a petty traffic offense. It’s really unconscionable to throw books at people when there’s no support for most of those books.
NOT alcohol! Not “Hot” alcohol lol.
Odd... I've played tennis for three hours and noted, while in the car afterward, my respiration was about six and my heart rate about 40. Never felt sleepy or tired but fully relaxed and rested.
I know it sounds weird but it's true.
There is a difference between a righteous anger and being MAD(d).
During allergy season I have both bloodshot eyes and a red nose.
I would be hauled in for DUI and assaulting the officer when I sneezed on him.
And damaging police property by beating his nightstick with your skull.
I’ve been through that in a hick town in GA just because they didn’t like who I was in the car with. GA law at the time allowed accused to request a blood test. I demanded either a breath or blood test and the fat, stupid, inbred, cretin processing me laughed and said, “Boy, you ain’t getting shit. We can look at you and tell you’re drunk.” Of course I have no race card to play so I eventually just paid the fine. We were with a casual acquaintance we thought was on leave from the Navy. Turned out he was AWOL and wanted as a deserter. Cops felt they had to charge every one in the car with something. My brother and our friend had been drinking but I hadn’t.
A problem I will never have ... I tried working out once, it made my beer slosh out if its can.
In the immortal words of Willie Dixon:
I'm built for comfort, baby
I ain't built for speed.
So, you should be charged with DUI, have your license pulled, go to court and pay a fine then? And have your insurance rates, assuming you can get insurance, doubled?
My sore tailbone has caused me to swerve over a number of lines, while struggling against the constraint of seat belts to move my butt to a comfortable position. This has probably happened when allergies turn my eyes blood red.
I assume that most...if not all...states have a separate "driving while impaired" law or a similar clause attached to their DUI laws.I've already mentioned my situation...if I was ever stopped for weaving,for example,blew a 0.000,had no evidence of drugs on my person or in my car I assume that I could still be charged.But without a breathalyzer...or blood test...or video I think they'd be hard pressed to convict me.
I have eye allergies that I use prescription eye drops for every single day. Sometimes it only works a little and my eyes are a mess, red, irritated, bloodshot, and the lids are red and swollen.
I’d go to jail forever.
That is certainly true. However, the law against drinking and driving caused this arrest, not because of what else could have caused the problem.
DUI, at least in Alabama means Driving under the influence.
It used to be DWI, driving while intoxicated. So, I would assume you would need to be under the influence of something.
BTW. I wonder how many housewives, just for instance, get away with driving under the influence of say, narcotics? Or how many pot smokers get away with driving under the influence? Far as I know narcotics and pot are rarely, if ever, tested for.
It’s possible the race angle is brown vs black. I’d like to know if the officers involved are hispanic.
Apparently he’s been stopped 10 times and ticketed 4 times since moving to the area. That’s a lot of stops.
Thank God he did not have a dog in his car.
What time of the month was it? Maybe the cop needed to fill a quota?