Texas residents have likely heard many stories about gifted young athletes who placed their promising and lucrative careers in jeopardy by getting behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs. The latest story involves a Los Angeles Rams practice squad player. Media reports indicate that the player was taken into custody by police in California on the evening of Sept. 16 after a breath test allegedly revealed his blood alcohol concentration to be .17 percent. This is more than double the .08 percent legal driving limit in California.
The chain of events that ended with the player’s detention began when officers from the Simi Valley Police Department were dispatched to the area of Sinaloa Road and Royal Avenue to investigate reports of a possible drunk driver. According to the SVPD, several individuals had called 911 about a vehicle being driven recklessly that had struck several objects including mailboxes, trashcans and a bus stop sign. Officers say that they observed and pulled over the vehicle in question a short time later on El Monte Drive in the vicinity of El Lado Drive.
The officers say that the driver showed clear signs of intoxication and was taken into custody following a roadside breath test. He was subsequently booked into the East County Jail and faces charges of misdemeanor DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. When asked about the incident, a Los Angeles Rams spokesperson declined to comment due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.
The equipment police use to conduct breath tests is quite sophisticated, but it may still produce misleading results in some situations. Experienced criminal defense attorneys may seek to have drunk driving charges reduced or dismissed entirely when police officers failed to follow strict rules governing the administration of breath tests or the equipment used was not properly maintained.
Source: USA Today, Rams center Aaron Neary arrested on suspicion of DUI, Yazmin Cruz, Sept. 17, 2018