On the morning of February 19, 27-year-old Gerald Decker was pulled over by Tyrone, Pennsylvania law enforcement for not having his headlights on. During the stop, Tyrone police officials report that Decker thanked Officer Adam Bonsell with a “Thanks, buddy” and a high-five. Officer Bonsell reportedly told Decker, “That’s not how it works.” Field sobriety tests were administered, and officials have stated that Decker’s BAC was 2 and a half times the legal limit in Pennsylvania.
As we’ve talked about before, the police use their observations of your behavior during a traffic stop to determine if you have been drinking. Even if you are completely sober, gestures that seem friendly or helpful could lead to field sobriety testing if an officer misinterprets them. Remember to always err on the side of caution and treat law enforcement officials with respect any time you are pulled over.
The law firm of Curry, Pearson & Wooten serves drunk driving clients throughout Maricopa County. One of our experienced Tempe drunk driving attorneys would be happy to meet with you in a completely free, no-obligation legal consultation to discuss your case.