My brake rotors made a loud grinding sound attracting attention of an officer as I parked at a QT. Officer believed I hit the curb. He asked if I had anything to drink, I said no. He instructed me to take SFST - Walk and Turn. Recited alphabet no problem. Officer instructed I could use my arms "a little", but "not much." Asked for clarification on this and the turning process. I knew grading was subjective and wanted to do it right.
This apparently annoyed him and he told me to just start. Tested near front of store with 10+ witnesses present - none questioned. During test, car pulled into parking space w/high beams on within 3-5 feet from me. I stopped & asked if I should continue or start over. Pissed him off; was arrested. Report doesn't state I understood instructions, which I didn'tI've read that if it is isn't in the report, generally speaking, it didn't happen. Failure to document understanding of SFST instructions can - as folk lore goes - be as fatal to successfully prosecuting a case as failure to document the Implied Consent was read. The police report - written almost 1,000 days ago - omits numerous potential observations. No slurring. No leaning. No stumbling. No fumbling with license. No glassy eyes. No flushed face. No video. No SFST. No physical evidence (I know, big strike against me for refusal). Flawless ABC recitation was noted, however.
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