This past week has been a rough one for University of Georgia students. Another student was arrested on Saturday for refusing to take a breath test after police suspected the individual of drunk driving. He was taken to Clarke County Jail.
According to reports, an Athens-Clarke County Police officer first suspected the 22-year-old student of drinking and driving when he noticed that the vehicle was weaving in and out of a lane on Lexington Road.
The officer reported that he decided to pull the man over after the vehicle continued to weave in and out of the lane on Lexington Road. When asked if he had been drinking, the driver admitted that he had a couple of beers while he was downtown.
After allegedly detecting a strong odor of alcohol on the man's breath, the officer then proceeded to administer several field sobriety tests. The University student complied and took the tests. However, he was arrested after he refused to take a breath test.
There are many reasons why individuals choose to refuse to blow into a breathalyzer when asked to do so by Georgia police. College students in particular may be intimated by the request and worried that they will face DUI charges, even if they are well below the legal limit. What many college students do not realize is that refusing to take a breath test could actually make matters worse.
As we have mentioned before, refusing to blow into a breathalyzer often carries harsh penalties such as losing one's driving privileges in addition to other legal consequences that are often associated with a DUI charge in Georgia.
Source: The Athens Red and Black, "Crime Notebook, Sept. 25" Adina Solomon, Sept. 25, 2011