Results from field sobriety tests for DUI drug investigation found admissible in establishing probable cause

Topic: DUI, Decided by: Judge Fry 
Docket Number: 2324780 , Decision Date: February 19, 2024 
Attachment: Click here to download the decision. 

A driver charged with DUI contested the suspension of his license on the grounds that the officer lacked probable cause for the arrest. Specifically, he asserted that the State Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) conducted at the scene should not be used for a finding of impairment because the tests had not been validated for drugs as they have been for alcohol. The Court rejected this argument and affirmed the suspension, stating that the purpose of the SFSTs “is to simply reveal more quickly” certain characteristics that are indicative of an impaired driver who is unsafe to drive.

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