On Sunday, Sept. 18, at 11 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were on patrol in the 1600 block of 26th Street when they saw a silver Acura make a right turn in violation of a posted sign that prohibited such an action.
The officers stopped this Acura and began to speak to the driver.
The officers noticed that the driver had detectable alcohol fumes emanating from his mouth as he spoke, so they commanded him to perform a series of field sobriety tests (examining the eyes as they followed the officers’ fingers moving in front of the suspect, the walk-and-turn test, and the standing on one leg challenge).
From the dismal performance of the driver as he undertook these tests, the officers concluded that he was under the influence of alcohol, and thus a danger to himself and other citizens.
This 23-year-old Los Angeles resident was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
His bail was set at $15,000.
Editor’s Note: These reports are part of a regular police coverage series entitled “Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of the Mirror’s coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website, smmirror.com.
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