Category Archives for Field Sobriety Test

Field Sobriety Tests, also referred to as Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, are a battery of tests used by police officers to determine if a person suspected of impaired driving is intoxicated with alcohol or drugs.

To test Intoxilyzer 8000, Florida Law Enforcement paid employees to get drunk

Facing the possibility of losing its key weapon against drunk drivers, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement decided it would pay some of its employees to — what else? — get drunk. So, one day in October, the state’s version of the FBI shelled out $330 on Jim Beam whiskey and other booze, along with mixers and some Doritos, and invited 15 employees to headquarters to imbibe on work time. With a video camera recording, the FDLE crime analysts, staff Read More

Sunday Morning DWI Mayhem in Texas

During the morning of November 13th, two accidents occurred around the same time and in the same place.  At 1:30 am on Sunday just outside of Palestine, Texas two crashes occurred that left one dead, four injured and three in jail for drinking related charges.   At that time a Chevy Tahoe driven by Erik Shawn Green drifted past the center lane of highway 287 and crashed into a Nissan Xterra.  Betsey Salazar was pronounced dead on the scene by Read More

Texas Extreme DWI Law May Have You Think Twice About Drunk Driving

With the holiday season in full swing, Austin, Texas police will be sure to enforce the new “Extreme DWI Law”, that went into effect on September 1st, 2011. Before the new DWI law was passed, motorists that were caught driving under the influence of alcohol with a .08 BAC level and above were only charged with a Class B misdemeanor, facing 6 months maximum jail time. Now if you are charged and arrested for being “extremely drunk”, meaning your blood Read More

New Contract for Breath-Alcohol Testing in Houston, Texas

New Contract for Breath-Alcohol Testing in Houston Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday dropped a two-decade-old breath-alcohol testing contract with a private laboratory, in spite of claims that the district attorney’s office had pushed for the change in retaliation against a former police lab supervisor’s court testimony. The court unanimously voted to hire the Texas Department of Public Safety for all the Harris County Sheriff’s Office breath-testing needs, choosing to not renew a contract with Lone Star College. Court members deferred responsibility for the Read More

Radio Host Jeff Ward DWI Case Dropped

Famous people are not above committing crimes or being caught in compromising positions.  The problem often arises when these people are treated differently than normal people.  This might be the case after popular drive-time radio host Jeff Ward’s DWI charges were dropped. On June 9, Jeff Ward was pulled over for excessively speeding around 11 PM.  There is no clear evidence whether he submitted to a field sobriety test or he declined.  The arrest affidavit claims that he did not, Read More

Houston Police Department Scandal

The Houston Police Department has a history of problems.  In 2003, the entire laboratory staff was found to be severely deficient in the training and requisite knowledge to work in a DNA lab.   They are again subject to another probe concerning their laboratory work.   After a decade of such scrutiny, the Houston Police Department is experiencing a renewed interest in its testing practices.  So much so, that thousands of cases from the Houston Police Department in the last 25 Read More

Texas No-Refusal Fourth of July Weekend

Beginning Wednesday and running through July 4, law enforcement across Texas sought warrants to draw blood for any driver suspected of drinking and who refused to provide a breath sample.  There is a precedent for such tactics, officials have seen results from such programs in Montgomery County, Tarrant County and other areas and decided it is something that needs to go statewide. During a no-refusal time period, if a driver refuses to take a Breathalyzer test, officers can quickly obtain Read More

Texas Considering Creation of DWI “Lite”

Texas Considering Creation of DWI “Lite” Drinking and driving is never a good idea.  Soon it may be an even worse idea in Texas.  Austin police chief Art Acevedo has given his support for the creation of a DWI “lite” classification for drivers that have a BAC of .05 to .07.  For some drivers, this is equal to drinking a few beers with dinner and then driving home.  Acevedo has gone so far as to petition the Senate Committee for Read More

Texas Field Sobriety Test

If you are pulled over for a possible DWI in Texas, you will have to take a field sobriety test. A variety of tests is available that you will be asked to complete.  You should be aware of them and their varying degrees of accuracy. The first is the one-leg stand test.  This is a straight-forward test on the surface.  The subject taking the test must keep one foot six inches off of the ground while keeping their arms at Read More