In Southern California, having celebrities pulled over (and arrested) for drunk driving is a common occurrence. In our prior posts we have noted how the combination of sobriety checkpoints and DUI patrols are a priority in our region. However, it is common knowledge that simply because a person is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, it does not mean that they are guilty of the crime.
This is because anyone taken into custody after a drunk driving arrest has the opportunity to challenge the information collected, including the results of breathalyzer tests and the officer's recollections.
Such was the case with noted actor Jeffrey Wright, whose credits include "Casino Royale", "Boycott", and the upcoming movie "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Wright was reportedly stopped in New York City for speeding and driving erratically according to the New York Daily News. Officers smelled his breath and allegedly detected alcohol and asked him to step out of the vehicle.
He reportedly failed sobriety tests and was then arrested.
When a breathalyzer test was conducted at the police station, Wright allegedly blew a .00. Based on this information, the drunk driving charges against him were dropped. The story is unsual because it is rare for drivers to be arrested on suspicion of drunk driving only to have no evidence of alcohol on their breath.
Nevertheless, these things happen.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, a DUI attorney can help. An experienced criminal defense attorney can review all of the information collected and help a person arrested for DUI make informed decisions about how the case may be handled.
Source: NYDailyNews.com, 'Hunger Games' actor Jeffrey Wright's drunk driving charges dropped for lack of evidence, June 25, 2013