Driver Refuses Sobriety Test 'Because I'm Drunk'
Fox Point police arrest man after they need to hold him up during sobriety test.
When a police officer typically stops a driver suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, one of the first things that happens is that the cop has the driver get out of the car to take a field sobriety test.
But a 59-year-old Glendale man nabbed by Fox Point police last week on North Port Washington Road told the arresting officer to not even bother making him walk a straight line or touch his nose.
"Because I'm drunk," officer Benjamin Brouwer quoted the driver as saying.
The incident happened just after 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 after the man's car jumped the curb in the 7600 block of Port Washington Road, near Calumet Road, and struck a wire from a utility pole before coming to rest on the sidewalk. The crash caused significant front-end damage to the man's Ford Expedition.
"As I approached the vehicle to speak with him, he exited and almost fell to the ground," Brouwer wrote in his report.
The driver admitted to consuming an entire pint of gin.
"I could smell an overwhelming odor of intoxicating beverages emitting from his breath," Brouwer wrote.
Officers found two prescription bottles in the vehicle, both prescribed to the driver. One was for Seroquel, an anti-psychotic, and the other was lorazepam, an anti-anxiety medication.
After the man was arrested, police took him to the hospital for a blood test. His blood-alcohol was 0.30, more than three times the Wiconsin's legal limit of 0.08.