A driving under the influence charge against Los Angeles Clippers forward, Zach Randolph, has been dismissed and reduced to one charge of reckless driving, the Associated Press reports in a story. Randolph was arrested and booked on suspicion of DUI on April 6 and was even suspended for two games because of the incident. The arrest occurred when Randolph was pulled over by two California Highway Patrol officers who reportedly saw his white Rolls-Royce weaving on the 405 Freeway. Officials said the CHP officers could smell alcohol inside the car and conducted a field sobriety test. Randolph was then arrested and charged with the DUI. Randolph has pleaded not guilty on the reckless driving count.
Driving under the influence in Los Angeles and reckless driving are both serious charges. In California, it is a crime to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a combination of both. It is also illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more. Arresting law enforcement officers use various tools to determine whether a motorist is driving under the influence. Breath tests and field sobriety tests are the most common tools authorities use to gauge a driver’s level of intoxication.
However, as DUI defense attorneys, we have seen that neither breathalyzer tests nor field sobriety tests are a good way to determine whether or not a driver is intoxicated. Both methods have a wide margin of error, which is probably why the DUI charge against Randolph was dismissed. If you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI, you need a knowledgeable and experienced Los Angeles drunk driving defense attorney who can thoroughly investigate and prove your case. If you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving in Orange, Los Angeles or Ventura counties, please call Sitkoff & Hanrahan at 866-299-4111 for a free consultation today.