Although this case was reported earlier this year it is still a very interesting look into the working of the law and the potential to be pulled over and arrested for inaccurate charges.
In Phoenix, Arizona, Heather Squires was the designated driver for her husband and a college friend who was visiting from Tucson to celebrate his acceptance into law school.
At Chuy’s in Tempe, Heather’s brother and her husband and the soon-to-be-law-school student knocked off four pitchers of beer until later that evening.
Around 9:30 p.m., they decided to head home and entered into Jason Squires’ new pickup truck, with Heather as the driver until they were abruptly pulled over.
A police officer riding a motorcycle pulled the truck over as Heather drove through an intersection of Baseline Road and Mesa Drive. She had failed to flip on her lights, as she claimed she was unfamiliar with her husband’s new vehicle.
Heather was ordered out of the vehicle and almost immediately handcuffed. She was taken to the Mesa Police Department and charged with both driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit. The truck was then searched and impounded.
Records prove that Heather Squires’ blood alcohol content that night was 0.00. Many residents of Arizona are outraged at the situation and feel the situation should be remedied. Many drivers have had a similar situation occur while their blood alcohol contents have been far below the legal limit.
Although it is important to keep drinking and driving off of the roads, it is important to keep such regulations in check. Even a 0.2 can affect judgment and vision, so it is important for drivers to remember to be safe and not drink and drive. But it is also important to protect drivers from harsh, undeserved punishments as the legal limit is 0.8 in all states.
But Heather’s case is the only one I’ve seen in which the driver drank nothing. It certainly makes me wonder whether her treatment was related to the fact that her husband, Jason, is a DUI attorney based in Mesa.
A few months before Heather’s arrest, in fact, he helped a client beat the rap for extreme DUI at a jury trial, even though records suggest the guy was guilty.
The officer who arrested the guy? Bond Gonzalez — the same cop who would arrest Heather Squires.