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Driver Only Had Two Or Three Cocktails, Police Say

Caledonia man only has a .066 blood-alcohol level. So how did he end up getting a drunk driving citation?

A 40-year-old Caledonia man was cited for suspicion of drunk driving (first offense), operating left of center and failing to stop for a police officer at 2:07 a.m. Sunday in the 6300 block of Douglas Avenue.

Because the man drove his car left of center, the officer conducted a traffic stop, according to a report by the Caledonia Police Department,

When the officer spoke to the man, the officer noticed the man had glassy-looking eyes, slurred his speech and smelled of alcohol. The man failed the field sobriety test. Later he told the officer he had “two or three cocktails earlier in the evening,” picked up his friend at a bar on Douglas Avenue and while at the bar had a beer.

While the man’s blood-alcohol level was .067 and .066, which does not exceed the prohibited level of .08; the officer felt the man’s driving was still impaired because of his driving left of center, and other physical impairments, said Lt. Gary Larsen, of the Caledonia Police Department.

Django Freeman February 22, 2013 at 04:08 AM
If he was in the left lane he shouldn't have been on the road. I agree, he was probably also on benzos or opioids.
me February 22, 2013 at 07:05 AM
money in Caledonia coffers. nailing people who aren't drunk
concernedforthecitizens May 10, 2013 at 07:06 PM
failure to stop for a police officer? this is a trump'ed up charged aimed at getting more more into the police departments bank account. it mentions nothing of this in the article so i assume he didnt lead him on a chase. years ago when i was going through drivers ed I was instructed (when being pulled over) to stop on a side street opposed to the main road for safety, and to pull over in a well lit area. caledonia is notorious for this. they slap you with that charge so they can scare you into taking a lesser charge during plea bargaining. also these ego drivin officers take it personal if you dont slam on your brakes and stop within 15yrds of their lights turning on. "how dare you drive an extra block! im a cop respect me! er um the badge i mean..."
concernedforthecitizens May 10, 2013 at 07:20 PM
i highly doubt he was on drugs. left of center can be as slight as any part of your car breaking the yellow line (i.e. your mirror) cops are trained to identify the physical signs of drug use. constricted pupils(opioids) sweating, blood shot eyes. they would of drawn blood if they suspected this in the least. perhaps he was tired or just changing the radio station and became momentarily distracted. its a shame people start finger pointing and making assumptions. the cop smelled booze because there was some present, however not enough to put him over the limit.no need to try and conjure up an excuse for an officers mistaken judgement call.
concernedforthecitizens May 10, 2013 at 07:22 PM
sounds about right...

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