Each day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested. In fact, an average drunk driver has driven drunk a full 80 times before his or her first arrest. Recently, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence in Washington.
The incident occurred the morning of Sunday, January 14th at around 2:15 a.m. on the I-90 on or near Mercer Island, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson.
But, Lane, 27, states he 'wasn't drunk' during the time of his arrest. In a tweet that has since been deleted, Lane wrote: "A fail is a 0.08 right? I blew 0.03...Why was still arrest? I'll leave it at that." He also included an emoji of a character with dark skin, possibly alleging that race may have played a role in the arrest.
After being asked why he had even agreed to a breathalyzer, Lane responded, "Either way you go you still to jail that makes you look guilty. I had nothing to hide so I did it."
Further details have been released following the incident, including a statement Lane made while sitting in the back of a police car.
"This time, I was more high than anything," he said, according to a copy of the arrest report received by USA Today Sports.
Unfortunately for Lane, any criminal defense and DUI attorney will tell you not to make any statements, especially statements about marijuana, while interacting with police officers during a drunk driving stop.
USA Today reports that Lane admitted to smoking marijuana about three hours prior to his arrest. The arresting patrolman wrote in the incident report that there had been a "strong odor of burnt marijuana inside the vehicle," and added that Lane's eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slowed.
Still, Lane denied driving drunk that day, though he reportedly blew a 0.039 during the preliminary breath test, the arrest report stated.
Lane was booked at King County Jail for about four hours until being released on his own recognizance, according to the jail records.
As more details surface regarding Lane's case, the incident will continue to serve as a prime example of why it's necessary to consult a criminal defense and DUI attorney to help you navigate through complex Oregon DUI laws. The Sixth Amendment provides criminal defendants with the right to legal representation, the right to a speedy trial, and the right to confront witnesses, and it's critical to understand the importance of due process in any criminal or DUI case.
For more information about criminal defense and DUI attorneys in Oregon City, contact Rhett Bernstein.