Speeding Driver Can’t Blame Cruise Control for the Drunken Driving: Brecksville Police Blotter
The following information was supplied by the Brecksville Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Speeding leads to other charges
A 27-year-old Shaker Heights man was charged with driving under the influence after getting pulled over for speeding on Interstate 77 at 2:04 a.m. on Oct. 21.
The officer was already tracking the car for speed when the driver changed lanes twice without signaling and began weaving in the left lane. Once stopped, the driver said he was on his way to Akron and had the car on cruise control. The officer asked the man if he had been drinking; the driver said no, but that he needed to use the restroom.
Needless to say, the police weren’t convinced. The man was given multiple field sobriety tests, which he failed to complete. The officer told him he could smell alcohol, and the driver admitted to having a Long Island iced tea earlier in the day. He took a breath test, which showed him to be under the influence. He later changed his answer to two Long Island iced teas and agreed that he was definitely speeding—he had the cruise control set 16 miles per hour above the limit—but said the operating a vehicle under the influence charge wasn’t appropriate.
He was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and operating a vehicle under the influence by blood alcohol level and cited for speeding, weaving course and failing to signal a lane change.
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