Have you ever wondered if you could fool a policeman during a field sobriety test?
If you have ever wondered if you could actually fool a policeman during a field sobriety test, you wouldn’t be alone. Many have tried, but not many have accomplished.
However, Jay Ratliff, who is the defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys, almost did. Two weeks ago Ratliff was in a car accident where he flipped his pickup truck. While the crash sounds bad, the officer on sight reported that he was standing without any problems.
The officer also said that Ratliff originally did not show any signs of intoxication and did not smell any odor of alcohol. In addition to that, there was not any alcohol to be found in the truck. So what prompted this officer to give the defensive lineman a field sobriety test?
According to KHOU.com:
Barch wrote Ratliff appeared to be in excellent physical condition,” and, citing past experience, “people who are in very good physical condition can mask intoxication very well with regard to speech and balance.” “Given the circumstances I felt I would be remiss in not investigating the possibility of DWI further in Ratliff,” Officer Barch wrote in the affidavit.
Ratliff went on to show signs of being intoxicated and was arrested. He then denied a breathalyzer. Then Ratliff demeanor changed. Once accommodating he became “verbally abusive”.
It seems unlikely that anyone could pass a field sobriety test, but as a defense lawyer, I start to question why the officer gave the test without any signs of intoxication.
What do you think? Should the officer have administered the sobriety test?