A Gainesville Police Department officer observed a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road. The vehicle continued for twenty to thirty yards. The officer made a u-turn and followed the vehicle, making a traffic stop within a few blocks. The officer made contact with the driver and immediately noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the driver’s facial area. The driver had glossy eyes and dilated pupils. The driver slurred his speech and was very talkative. The driver stated he was not inside any bars, but was wearing a wristband given at the entry to bars. The officer asked where the wristbands came from and then the driver admitted to going inside a bar.
The officer requested that the driver complete field sobriety exercises. The driver complied and performed poorly. The driver was arrested for DUI and following implied consent provided breath samples of 0.127g/210L and 0.126g/210L.
The driver retained Meldon Law and opted to have his case go to trial. Although the jury did find the driver guilty of DUI, the court only issued the minimum sentence.