Originally Posted by treehugger
You are obviously not familiar with Fort Collins, CO. It is a college town with officers dedicated to DUI enforcement. My arresting officers title was DUI enforcment officer. They make alot of money off college kids so they can afford new, fun cop toys. I made the mistake of saying that I had a couple of drinks a couple of hours earlier. Because of that admission he then had probable cause to detain me after I refused the roadside breath test. I was pulled over for not using a turn signal in the left hand turn lane at about 230 in the am with no traffic. ANYTHING YOU SAY CAN AND WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU! So yeah maybe I had it coming for talking with a cop, but not for drinking. I got pulled over in front of the police department and I BLEW A 0.5%. That is 1 glass of wine with dinner. I was polite and respectful. Not everyone who gets in trouble with the law "has it coming". Like everyone else cops are not always good people and they make mistakes. Some of them really do have serious personality disorders. Not all, but many cops get into the proffession for the power and control over people, not to protect and serve. You need to know your rights and excercise them or suffer the consequences.
But I did meet alot of new friends to drink with in my alcohol class, so I guess it wasn't all bad.
Dude, chill out.
I wasn't specifically refering to your situation, and I'm well aware of the FoCo cops fondness for alcohol laws and DUI enforcement, having lived there myself for a time. If you re-read my post, the assertion I make is that if you're so obviously wasted that the cop doesn't need a field sobriety test or portable breathalyzer to effect an arrest for suspicion of DUI, then you had it coming. Based upon your posts I don't believe you were in such a state.
For the record, I'm all for arresting intoxicated drivers or boaters whom constitute a threat to themselves and others. What I can not tolerate is these all too common situations where a person who's had a couple of drinks but in no way constitutes a threat to public safety get hauled in and run through the "justice" factory.
Now then, I'd be glad hit the river with ya anytime - just shoot me a pm.