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Washington DUI Case Results

Bob's Seattle DUI Case Result (City of Seattle v. Bob)

Outcome: Seattle DUI charge found NOT GUILTY by a jury.

Description: Bystander reported Bob staggering into his vehicle in Freemont.  A parking enforcement officer observed Bob in his car.  She could not get Bob, who was in the driver's seat, to respond – he eventually opened the door and vomited.  The parking enforcement officer radioed a D.U.I officer upon seeing Bob vomiting outside his driver's door while vehicle engine was running. Bob was in driver's seat, reclined, and he was laying on his right side.

The DUI officer arrived and noted the vehicle was in park, and the vehicle was parked between two other vehicles with the lights off, exhaust was coming from the tailpipe.  The officer entered without warning (because of his training with waking drunk people).  The officer announced himself, and Bob woke up and exited the vehicle.  The officer detected watery bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, flushed face, and very strong odor of liquor on his breath.  Bob was unsteady on his feet and staggered.  “Clearly he was highly intoxicated” said the reporting officer.

Bob stated to the officer that he did not drive the vehicle to where it was nor did he start its engine.  D.U.I Officer arrested Bob.  But while Bob was in back of patrol car, he slipped out of his handcuffs and opened police car door from the outside since the window was open (the doors only open from the outside).  He was apprehended and placed back in the squad car.  Two samples of his breath at the station measured .094 and .096. Bob was eventually charged by the City of Seattle with being in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, which is the same as a DUI for sentencing purposes.

Not Guilty Said the Jury to a Seattle DUI Charge

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Practice area(s): DUI / DWI


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