- Monday, 17 January 2011 09:32
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
receiver Mike Williams
, who was arrested in mid-November on suspicion of driving under the influence, will not face charges after his urinalysis came back negative, the county state attorney’s office said Friday. Here is another example of why you should never assume someone guilty of DUI
just because they are arrested. Here are the facts in Williams case:
Williams was stopped by Tampa police for “speeding and weaving.” His eyes were glassy and the cops smelled alcohol coming from his breath. He agreed to take a breath test
at the jail, which came back .06, below the legal limit of .08. He then requested an independent
test of his urine, which came back negative for any illegal drugs.
The prosecutor on the case told the Tampa papers that, “after looking at the video and seeing the results of the urine tests, we felt like we could not go forward in the case.”
Taken as a whole, look at the evidence in this case, as a juror, then tell me where was any evidence of impairment. Speeding and weaving? Not evidence of impairment. Glassy eyes and odor of alcohol? Maybe the presence of alcohol, but certainly not impairment. Yet, I would bet a dollar that had this case gone to trial, the cops would have sworn under oath that “based on driving, glassy eyes, and odor of alcohol, I formed an opinion that Mr. Williams was impaired.” So do you see how you must really look closely at the evidence in a DUI case, and not ASSUME that the cop’s opinion is correct?