The effects that alcohol has on a person’s body can differ between each individual. Some people may consume a considerable amount of alcohol and not feel intoxicated, but even so, if someone gets behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking, a DUI charge could result. Often, a police officer stops a vehicle due to suspicious or concerning activity, and further investigation could lead to an arrest.
It was recently reported that one man in Pennsylvania recently faced this type of scenario. Purportedly, the 44-year-old man was driving a vehicle in an erratic manner, which resulted in an officer conducting a traffic stop. The officer allegedly suspected that the driver was intoxicated, but it was not explained what signs may have caused this suspicion. Nonetheless, the officer had the driver participate in field sobriety tests, which he apparently did not perform well.
The officer took the man into custody after the field sobriety tests, and the man was given a breath test. The report stated that his blood alcohol concentration level was nearly three times the legal limit at .222. The driver was charged with DUI but had been released from custody on bail pending a preliminary hearing.
Because the man’s BAC level was allegedly so high, he could face additional penalties compared to those associated with a lower BAC level. Of course, it is important to keep in mind that breath tests are not always reliable evidence. This Pennsylvania man will undoubtedly want to do whatever he can to defend against the DUI charge and bringing the breath test results into question may be among his options.