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Tampa, Florida prosecutors do the right thing

September 14, 2007

Most people think that as long as they drive under “the legal limit” they will not have to worry about a DUI / Drunk Driving arrest. This is a misconception that could not be further from reality. While in almost all states, the legal limit is .08, people who drive below the legal limit are often times arrested for DUI / Drunk Driving. A police officer in Tampa, Florida was known as one of Hillsborough County’s most aggressive DUI / Drunk Driving arresting officers. In one year alone, the officer arrested 58 people whose alcohol level was below a .08. In 43 of those 58 cases, there was no demonstrated visible impairment while they were driving.

In many instances, investigators found that his police reports were inconsistent with what was depicted in his cruiser’s video camera. The officer also failed to activate his audio and video equipment in 40% of his stops from October 2005 to October 2006.

Needless to say, the Hillsborough State Attorney’s office concluded the officer hurt his credibility by filing inaccurate police reports that also omitted significant details.

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