It's bad enough that lawmakers are perpetually trying to toughen driving under the influence penalties. But American drivers must also deal with some prosecutors and/or law enforcement personnel who consider fighting DUI to be some type of "moral crusade."
One wonders if it was this type of attitude that led to a federal lawsuit in Illinois. Back in 2010, Ryan Wlodek was arrested in the village of Carpentersville on suspicion of driving under the influence. Wlodek then refused to take a breath test to determine his blood alcohol level, saying that he instead wanted a blood test taken at a hospital. In a lawsuit Wlodek filed in 2012 against the village and the two arresting officers, Wlodek said that the cops punched him in the groin and then drove erratically while he was handcuffed in the back of their patrol car in order for him to get "roughed up."
Though Illinois drivers cannot legally choose the type of chemical test that is administered in a DUI case, they do have the right to refuse a breath test (though their driver's license may be suspended for a year for doing so). Wlodek was initially charged with felony DUI (which is reportedly unusual in this case) and obstruction of justice because he refused to take the breath test. Earlier this year, he accepted a plea deal in exchange for those charges being dropped to misdemeanors.
Though a federal judge dismissed Wlodek's case, the 35-year old reached a settlement with Carpentersville in August. This implies that there may have been some wrongdoing on the part of the policemen - who apparently took their frustrations out on Wlodek after arresting him for DUI.