Driver Observed Traveling without Headlights


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A driver was observed traveling without headlights and with a flattened left front tire. Moreover, upon turning the driver drifted about the roadway and struck the curb. Law enforcement stopped the car and discovered that the driver was not in possession of her license. 

The driver exhibited several signs of intoxication. She swayed upon exiting the vehicle and had bloodshot, watery eyes. She agreed to perform field sobriety exercises. She demonstrated a lack of smooth pursuit and distinct jerking in both eyes during the HGN test. She failed to maintain her balance and touch heel-to-toe on any of the steps during the second exercise. She attempted to hold up her leg during the one-leg stand and the officer instructed her to stop for fear that she would fall. The driver also failed to keep her head tilted back and touch her nose during the finger-to-nose test.  

Ultimately, the driver was arrested and she agreed to take a breath test where she blew .183g/210L and .170g/210L. After hiring Meldon Law, she received the lesser charge of DUI above .08g/210L but below .15g210L.