MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. (Local10.com, Amanda Batchelor) – A police officer was arrested Tuesday on DUI charges in southwest Miami-Dade, although she refused to provide a blood sample or conduct a field sobriety test, authorities said.
According to Ashley Susan Hunter’s arrest report, the 30-year-old police officer was arrested Tuesday in the area of Southwest 224th Street and Old Cutler Road.
Miami-Dade police said officers were dispatched to the scene to assist another officer in reference to a possibly impaired person. Read full news report.
According to the arrest report, this is at a minimum a double refusal (breath/blood, roadsides). The arrest form notes that she was taken to a hospital and asked to submit to what I can only assume was a “voluntary” blood draw (declined) knowing they didn’t have the right to require one, then taken to a police station where she was offered a breath test (allegedly refused). This is a technique used by more experienced DUI investigators to collect a voluntary blood test AND get a breath test for two bites of the apple.
Miami-Dade County has a DUI diversion program for first offenders, but admission isn’t guaranteed. In this case, Officer Hunter may not be eligible for the program as this case involves a crash and admission must be approved by the Chief of County Court
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