‘Designated driver’ claims flops in Eagle
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE, Colorado –An officer pulled over a female driver on April 11 for failing to use a turn signal as she turned onto Grand Avenue in Eagle.
The officer immediately noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage and the 52-year-old woman’s eyes were droopy as if she were falling asleep. He asked her how much she’d had to drink and she said she was the designated driver and had nothing but water at an Eagle bar. The deputy said he could smell alcohol and she said she’d had beers earlier in the night but had been drinking water for the last couple of hours.
The officer asked the woman to exit the vehicle. She stumbled and fell as she got out and had a hard time getting back up. She did not complete voluntary roadside maneuvers to the officer’s satisfaction – he had to stop the one-legged stand, as she was about to fall into the traffic lane.
A passenger in the car was given a ride home and the woman was taken into custody for DUI investigation. She chose to take a blood test but then changed her mind en-route to the hospital, deciding she didn’t want to take a blood or breath test. Since they had driven more than 20 miles toward the hospital, the deputy gave her one last chance to change her mind. The woman said she wanted to go home and didn’t want to take a test.
She was charged with DUI and defective license plate lamps. She was warned for failing to use a turn signal and displaying expired plates. Her driver’s license was confiscated and she was issued a notice of revocation.