As we mentioned last week on our Athens DUI defense law blog, law enforcement agencies throughout the entire state of Georgia are focused on arresting drunk drivers over the summer in an effort to make our roads safer. However, this also means that you or other motorists could be pulled over in a traffic stop and accused of drunk driving if any sort of activity is deemed suspicious by an officer.
Over the weekend, a 38-year-old man was initially stopped by an Athens-Clarke County police officer after the officer saw the motorist speeding. But when the officer noticed a Powerade bottle in the man's vehicle that contained a liquid that did not appear to be the sports beverage, the officer arrested the driver for DUI.
According to police, the motorist was traveling 15 mph over the speed limit near the intersection of Nellie B Avenue and Cone Drive on Sunday. During the traffic stop, the officer noticed a dark-colored liquid in a Powerade bottle that was in the driver's vehicle. However, the label on the bottle indicated that the flavor of the sports drink was cherry.
After suspecting that the bottle contained alcohol instead of the sports drink, the officer arrested the Athens man and charged him with DUI.
If you are pulled over in a traffic stop this summer and suddenly find yourself being asked to take a field sobriety test or questioned about the previous activities you might have engaged in prior to driving, make sure that you consider whether or not the officer should have even conducted the traffic stop or whether or not the officer has reason to administer a field sobriety test. If you or someone you know is charged with DUI this summer, don't assume that you can't fight the charges.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald, "That's some real 'Powerade,'" May 28, 2012