Although driving drunk is undoubtedly a bad decision, just because a person in Wisconsin is pulled over and charged with the act, doesn't mean they are automatically guilty of the crime. In many situations, drunk driving charges do not lead to conviction for those involved. Sadly, police reports of DUI stops that lead to charges are often reworked into news articles, publicizing what is a very personal incident for most and also putting them under the scrutiny of the public eye.
A recent news story out of Milwaukee is a strong example of such an instance, where a traffic stop of a 56-year-old woman was detailed from the perspective of police and written in a somewhat humorous manner. Although such an incident may lead in news, Wisconsin residents who have ever faced any sort of charges can understand that it is not a laughing matter.
The Milwaukee woman was reportedly pulled over by a Bayside police officer after he allegedly saw her make an illegal U-turn. The incident happened just before 1 a.m. on a Monday this month. According to a police report, when the officer tried to pull the driver over, she did not stop initially. He had to activate his lights and sirens for her to notice him.
The police officer claims he smelled alcohol as he approached the car and when he asked the woman if she had been drinking, she allegedly said, "No, not much." According to the police report, she told him she had two beers.
The woman allegedly failed to properly recite the alphabet and then danced as she did the walk-and-turn test. She was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated and prohibited alcohol concentration. Police claim her blood-alcohol level was 0.13 percent.
Although the incident has been publicized in a news article, the woman is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Field sobriety tests are often subject to interpretation considering the stressful nature of being pulled over by a police officer. Review of the police report and the steps taken by the police officer during the traffic stop will be crucial in helping the woman defend her rights.
Source: FoxPoint-Bayside Patch, "A 56-year-old Milwaukee Woman Dances Her Way to an OWI," Sarah Worthman, Aug. 13, 2012