Some suspects are easier to identify than others and some arrests are easier for police officers to make than others. You can put the arrest of a 43-year-old Florida man about three hours east of Fort Myers in the easy category.
The man recently pulled his car up behind a police patrol car, got out and asked the officer if he would like to make an arrest for driving under the influence. The man was blunt with the officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation: “I’m drunk,” he told the cop.
The officer did not immediately take the man into custody, however. He first asked him if he would perform a field sobriety test. The news report about the incident did not provide details of the test, but the standardized field sobriety test consists of the horizontal gaze nystagmus (the officer observes the person’s eyes, looking for signs of involuntary jerking), the walk and turn (suspects are asked to walk a few steps heel-to-toe in a straight line, turn and walk back) and the one-leg stand (suspects are asked to stand on one foot for a short period).
In this Vero Beach case, the man’s test results indicated that he was, indeed, as he had said, intoxicated. The results of his breath test provided more evidence for the officer. The man’s breathalyzer results indicated that his BAC (blood alcohol content) was roughly three times the legal limit.
According to the report, the man was happy and cooperative throughout the process.
While it’s very rare for someone to enjoy being arrested for DUI, this man might be the exception that proves it’s possible.
Regardless, the harsh penalties and fines that can accompany a DUI conviction provide ample motivation for many to sit down with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help them avoid the harshest sanctions.