A Deputy for the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office was told to be on the lookout (BOLO) for a gray van who is a possible drunk driver (my client). The deputy got behind a grey minivan just north of McCall Road South on Highway 21 South. The Deputy wrote in his report that the van crossed a lane and then he pulled the van over. My client stopped at the deputy’s direction.
The Deputy wrote in his police report that at the window my client was difficult to understand. She said she had two beers that night, and she was also taking a prescribed medication. The Deputy asked my client to come outside and do some field sobriety tests. My client did as instructed. They did the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, the Walk and Turn, and the One Leg Stand on my client. She failed these exercises with flying colors according to the police officer’s report. They asked her to take a blood test and she consented. The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office arrested my client and charged her with DUI, DUI less safe, and Improper Display of License Plates.
In the State Court of Effingham County my client got a great plea. She plead guilty to Driver to use due care O.C.G.A. § 40-6-241. The charges for DUI, DUI less safe, and Improper Display of License Plates were dismissed by the Solicitor General.
Judgment: Effingham DUI blood test down to Driver to use due care