The issue resolved by Judge Garrow last year continues to reappear daily in King County District Court Cases but without any reflection or recollection on the well reasoned ruling already deciding the issue. True, its not controlling but it is helpful and more. So here it is.
Judge Garrow ruled on the admissibility of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, which officers administer at the roadside during a DUI investigation. At the time of the ruling she was sitting in North East District Court of King County, she will be in moving to Bellevue District Court in January 2013 during the judges annual rotation.
The important part of Judge Garrow's decision is that she found that a jury may be confused if an officer testifies to a belief of impairment based solely on the SFSTs. In english what that means is that the SFSTs alone don’t establish impairment.