Eli was arrested for DUI breath test, with a .119 blood alcohol content breath test, DUI less safe (alcohol), and no headlight bulb. Eli was driving home from the Luke Bryan concert with his wife. He sees blue lights and he pulls over. The cop comes up to his window and asks, “Did you know you got a headlight out?” “No,” Eli replies. “Get out of the car,” he demands. Then, outside, “Anything to drink tonight?” the cop asks. “Yes,” Eli says, “about an hour ago, I had two beers.” The cop replies, “You should be safe, good to go.” “Let me check you out, make sure you’re going to be safe, then get you out of here, O.K. bud?” In other words, let me do some field sobriety tests on you. He gives Eli a preliminary dui breath test.
In the end it wasn’t about the messed up field sobriety tests done in the grass. Or, the calibration records showing the DUI breath test was off that day. Or, the various other problems with the officer’s DUI investigation. It was more invisible than that. This was about preparation. It was about dealing with a good cop who was willing to work with me when no prosecutor has the case, yet. This was not Savannah, Georgia. Or even, Chatham County. It didn’t involve the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office. No sir. This was Pembroke, Georgia.
But in the end it was checked. Eli plead down to “Driver to use due care.” The DUI breath test charge and the DUI less safe charge and the Headlights requirement charge are gone.