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Old 02-06-2013, 06:22 PM  
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Hi, I'm Zepsinger. I just had my first Field Sobriety Test.

So I'm pulling into Lansing KS last Saturday night at about 6pm... my band had a gig at a local bar just east of Leavenworth. I look in the rearview mirror and see the cop cherries- crap.

So, I pull over. Cop asks me like 3 times where I'm from and where I'm going- it seemed pretty obvious he was trying to catch me in a non-truth. Tells me he clocked me at 60 in a 50. OK, not the end of the world- I've had more than a few of those in my time.

Suddenly, he says 'sir, have you had any alcohol tonight? I smell alcohol on your breath.' I say no, then remember that I had had one 12oz. beer with pizza at 2:30. So I tell him as much. Then- 'sir, you'll need to step out of your car'. And then I get the battery of tests- follow the little blue light with my eyes, heel-to-toe 9 steps out and back, lift one foot with arms at the side while counting (by the way- those tests are fairly hard to do even when stone cold sober IMO). Backup arrives. Here comes the breathalyzer. He informs me that I can refuse to take the test, but doing so carries a charge in itself. I know I have nothing to worry about, so I say sure. He then says to wait in my car for the results.

I text the other guitarist to tell him I might be late. Or I might not be able to be there at all. The cop comes back and says 'your BAC is less than .01. KS legal limit is .08. You are obviously well under the limit. But here's your speeding ticket. Have a good evening.'

57 years old and my first field sobriety test. Even though I knew I was going to be OK, it still freaked me out a bit(and sorta ruined my night). I dunno, I've heard from many people that you should never submit to these tests- being a FST virgin, I just didn't know what to do for sure. I knew I wasn't going to test drunk, so I felt pretty safe in taking the test. Maybe that was stupid, I don't know. I'm assuming that some of you CP'ers have experienced this honor as well? What have you done in this situation?

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Old 02-07-2013, 11:09 AM   #61
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That, and it will just piss you off
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:10 AM   #62
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lol. wow.
wonder how many it would take for my fatass to go over.

my BIL is a state troooper; maybe I could borrow his breatalyzer and see how long it takes lol
That's pretty much how it went down. He offered it as a civilian courtesy. Promised he wouldn't entrap us as it was against the law, just wanted us to know where we stood. Pretty cool of him really. I'd never done one before, and haven't done one since.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:12 AM   #63
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another dead-horse;
installing sanctioned/calibrated machines at bars and or the like.

never happen, but I always thought it was interesting.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:14 AM   #64
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another dead-horse;
installing sanctioned/calibrated machines at bars and or the like.

never happen, but I always thought it was interesting.
I don't know if they're sanctioned or calibrated, but they have them in bars down here in Hillbilly Hollywood.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:14 AM   #65
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lol. wow.
wonder how many it would take for my fatass to go over.

my BIL is a state troooper; maybe I could borrow his breatalyzer and see how long it takes lol
My cousins got to get drunk for free and get tested on highway patrol simulators for the last 3 years.

I've been begging to get in on that. They'd learn more from me than them anyway...
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:17 AM   #66
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on a side note; he mentioned that it's a frequent 'professional courtesy' for officers to let their fellow LEOs go if they're sslightly above .08 etc.
not shitfaced, but enough to wear the average Joe would get the hammer.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:19 AM   #67
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on a side note; he mentioned that it's a frequent 'professional courtesy' for officers to let their fellow LEOs go if they're sslightly above .08 etc.
not shitfaced, but enough to wear the average Joe would get the hammer.
That doesn't work for CO's.

A shame, you'd think there'd be some brotherhood but...no.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:23 AM   #68
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:24 AM   #69
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I've driven home some nights and woke up the next morning with only a spotty memory of the ride home, yet go outside to see my car perfectly backed into the parking space. ****ing weird.

I've really scaled back my drinking and driving now that I'm a bit older and have seen more than a few friends get slapped with DUIs, but now I wonder how much I would have blown on some of those nights.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:25 AM   #70
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on a side note; he mentioned that it's a frequent 'professional courtesy' for officers to let their fellow LEOs go if they're sslightly above .08 etc.
not shitfaced, but enough to wear the average Joe would get the hammer.
The father of my best friend in high school was a HP and there were a few instances when he was pulled over by other HP's and was let off with a warning because he was a brother's kid.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:27 AM   #71
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1) If you are drunk you WILL smell like booze. Open the sun roof/moon roof (why is there a difference?) and keep the windows only cracked enough to pass your information.

2) Keep the vents on to blow clean air in.

3) Avoid getting pulled over. Most of the FST's or DRE training the cops get only requires you to speak or perform (or not perform) the most basic of functions.

4) DO NOT take the most direct route home. The shorter the distance you give someone to evaluate your performance the smaller the sample size. Make turns. Often. Stop often. Turn again.

If you're drunk and on the highway someone will spot you. It's inevitable.

5)Any time it's even a question a cab call is always less expensive than a fine...

There is are services up here for $20 they drive you and car home. They have their cards in every bar up here.
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I've driven home some nights and woke up the next morning with only a spotty memory of the ride home, yet go outside to see my car perfectly backed into the parking space. ****ing weird.

I've really scaled back my drinking and driving now that I'm a bit older and have seen more than a few friends get slapped with DUIs, but now I wonder how much I would have blown on some of those nights.
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I've been begging to get in on that. They'd learn more from me than them anyway...
North Dakota State last year was offering $20 an for about 4 hours for a study they were doing.
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There is are services up here for $20 they drive you and car home. They have their cards in every bar up here.
Good idea.

Might take a year or 20 to catch on in the cowtowns of MidMo...
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