SAFFORD – On Sunday night, it was reported to police that a car was swerving in and out of traffic. The vehicle had hit the curb and part of a fence. When an officer arrived in the area, they found the car parked and a man lying on the ground in front of the front door of the residence. Witnesses stated that he had been the driver of the vehicle.
When the officer approached the man, a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breathe was noticeable. The officer spoke to the man, but the man’s speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot and watery. The officer asked multiple times where the man was driving from but was only told, “from over there.” The officer helped the man up off the ground, where the man almost fell again because he could not keep his balance. The man had been identified with an ID in his pocket, and the man let the officer inside the residence to prove that he lived there. The man was not asked to perform a sobriety test for his safety, because he could not walk on his own without assistance. Police handcuffed him and escorted to the police department for further DUI investigation. While he was there, he reported that he had been drinking Smirnoff Vodka. Police drew blood with the man’s consent for DUI investigation.
The man was then taken back to his residence. The case is pending until the blood results come back.