Driving While Intoxicated
August 6, 9:10 p.m.
Two officers were running stationary lidar in the 2300 block of North Service. The officers observed a vehicle that appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed. Officers recorded the speed of the vehicle at 55 MPH in a 35 MPH zone.
The officers conducted a traffic stop in the 2000 block of North Service road for the violation. The vehicle was slow to respond to the emergency lights traveling approximately 400 yards before coming to a complete stop in the left lane of travel. Officers believed stopping in a lane of travel was odd because there was a small parking lot to the immediate left. As officers approached the vehicle the driver removed her foot from the brake and the car started to roll forward. Officers flashed their lights and whistled for the driver to stop the vehicle.
The officers made contact with the driver, and asked her to back up a few feet and pull her vehicle into the parking lot where they could conduct a safe traffic stop. Once in the parking lot, the officers began to speak with the driver. The officers asked the driver where she was headed. The driver stated she was headed home which was in Arlington. At the time of the stop, the driver was headed away from Arlington. The driver stated she had just rented the car. The officers asked the driver where she was before she rented the car. The driver stated she had been at her house prior to picking up the vehicle. The officers asked the driver if she had been out to dinner before picking up the vehicle. The driver advised she had not. The officers asked the driver if she had been drinking while she was at her house. She stated she had not. The officers advised the driver they could smell something coming from inside the vehicle. The driver then stated she had a glass of wine (6 oz.) while at a steak house restaurant. The driver stated she consumed one glass of wine approximately 2 hours prior to the stop.
Due to the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle, the driver admitting to drinking a glass of wine, the slow response to emergency lights, and stopping in a lane of travel instead of the parking lot to the immediate left, officers advised the driver they were going to do some tests to be sure she was ok to drive.
The officers asked the driver to exit the vehicle in order to conduct the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. The first test administered was the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN). The officers I turned off the front flashing emergency lights and faced the driver away from oncoming traffic in order to prevent any interference or distractions during the test. Officers asked the driver if she had any recent head injuries. She advised “no.” Officers asked the driver if she had epilepsy. She advised “no.” Officers asked the driver if she had diabetes. She advised “no.” Officers asked the driver if she was taking any prescribed medications. She advised “no.” Officers asked the driver if she was taking any over the counter medications. She advised “no.” Officers asked the driver if she was taking any illegal drugs. She advised “no.” Officers noted she had equal tracking and equal pupil size, and her eyes were brown in color. Officers did not observe resting nystagmus. Officers observed (6) of a possible six clues, and did not observe vertical Nystagmus.
During the evaluation, officers noted the driver had an odor of an alcoholic beverage on or about her person. Officer further noted the driver swayed front to back during the test. During the test officers had to remind the driver to keep her eyes on the stimulus a couple of times. The officers had to remind the driver not to move her head while conducting Nystagmus onset prior to 45 degrees. The driver stated “Oh, I’m not supposed to move my head.” This was explained clearly during the instructional phase which the driver stated she understood.
The second test administered was the Walk and Turn. Officers fully explained and properly demonstrated the test. The officers asked the driver if she understood. She stated she understood. Officers observed (5) of a possible eight clues.
The third test administered was the One Leg Stand. Officers fully explained and properly demonstrated the test. Officers asked the driver if she understood. She stated she understood. Officers observed (2) of a possible four clues. When officers advised the driver she would be doing the One Leg Stand test she stated, “I cannot do this sober.” During the instructions officers continually had to remind the driver to listen and wait to start the test.
Based on the driving clues, personal contact and the field sobriety test, officers felt the driver did not have the normal use of their mental and physical faculties by reason of the introduction of an alcoholic beverage into her body. The driver was operating a motor vehicle on a public roadway and she could not safely operate a motor vehicle without putting herself or others in danger. The driver was placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated, handcuffed (double locked) and transported to Station One’s DWI Taping Room.
August 6, 9:30 p.m.
Two officers were dispatched to Terminal B gate 9 in reference to a possible intoxicated passenger. Dispatch advised a white male with a grey shirt and black pants had gone down the jetbridge after the flight had closed and against the gate agent’s orders.
Upon arrival, officers met with an American Airlines gate agent. The gate agent advised that the white male had arrived to the gate late and was told the flight had closed, and he could not board. The suspect disregarded the gate agent’s instructions and ran down the jetbridge in an attempt to catch his flight. He was later escorted back up to the gate counter.
The officers then approached the suspect and asked him what happened. The suspect gave his side of the story saying that he was told he could board the flight. The suspect had glassy, bloodshot eyes and slurred some of his words when he spoke. Officers asked the suspect if he had consumed any alcoholic drinks tonight, and he said he had one. The suspect knew where he was (DFW Airport), but thought the day was Wednesday, when it was actually Monday. Officers could detect the faint odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath when he spoke. The suspect was traveling alone.
Another gate agent on scene advised that the suspect had actually arrived at Gate 7 around 8:55 p.m. After the suspect arrived, he noticed there were no passengers at the gate and thought he had missed his flight, flight. The agent said the suspect started banging on the computer keyboard (no damage) and attempting to work the podium microphone in an effort to get someone’s attention. The agent assisted the suspect and looked at his boarding pass and told him he needed to proceed immediately to Gate 9 (two gates away) as his flight had not left and was about to start the boarding process. The suspect was unable to find Gate 9 in 20 minutes before his flight closed for the boarding process.
Two more officers arrived to assist. Officers contact the MCR and confirmed that the suspect did create a scene at Gate 7 and also disregarded the gate agent at Gate 9 by going around her as she was trying to block him from going down the jetbridge. Based upon the investigation and observations, officers believed the suspect was intoxicated in a public place to the degree that he was a danger to himself if left alone and would cause more disruptions if not taken into custody. Officers placed the suspect under arrest for Public Intoxication.
August 9, 7 p.m.
Two officers were dispatched to Terminal B Gate 11 in reference to an intoxicated subject. Description of the subject was a white female wearing a teal and white shirt and beige Capri pants.
When officers arrived, the gate agent at Gate 11 informed them the intoxicated subject had been denied boarding by the captain of the flight, due to her intoxicated state. Officers observed a female matching the description sitting in the seating area with her eyes closed, apparently unconscious. Officers woke the subject up and she stood up. The subject swayed as she stood and officers smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from or about her person.
The subject could not remember how much she had to drink but stated it was, “too much.” The subject could not provide the location of where she had been drinking. When officers asked the subject for her ID and she began searching through her purse, she had poor dexterity as she fumbled through the items in her purse looking for her ID. The subject relayed she was supposed to fly to Bloomington, IL and when officers asked the subject when her flight was scheduled to depart, she could not recall. The subject was booked on an AA Flight to Champaign, IL which had departed at 6:35 p.m.
Because of the subject’s poor dexterity, the odor of alcoholic beverages about her person, her visible sway as she stood, her inability to realize she had not made her flight, and her overall intoxicated state, officers believed she could not be left unattended in the public seating area at Terminal B, Gate 11. The subject was placed in custody for Public Intoxication, handcuffed, searched and transported to DFW/DPS Station 1 Jail.
Possession of Substance in Penalty Group 2
August 10, 11:30 a.m.
Two officers responded to Terminal E, TSA Checkpoint E8 concerning a possible drug violation involving a brownie possibly laced with THC found on a female during a search.
When officers arrived, they spoke to a TSA Agent, who said she was working the walkthrough screening when a screening alarm activated due to the involved female suspect. The suspect was scheduled to depart DFW Airport for Houston, Texas at 12:05 p.m. According to the TSA Agent, the body scanner alarm activated due to an unknown anomaly being detected underneath the suspect’s clothing near the center of her chest area. During the subsequent administrative search to clear the anomaly, the TSA Agent located a pouch. The pouch contained two (2) feminine pads and a brownie wrapped in tin foil.
More officers arrived on scene to assist. Upon their arrival, they observed an opened piece of tin foil, which contained a square brownie. When officers questioned the suspect about the brownie, she said she got the brownie from school at a party. The suspect said when she left the party she took the brownie with her. The suspect said she forgot that she had place the tin foiled wrapped brownie inside her pouch. She also said she had given her pouch to a friend some time ago and recently got it back from her friend. The suspect gave officers permission to test the brownie.
Officers used a Duquenois-Levine Reagent NARK II (Narcotics Alalysis Reagent Kit) presumptive test kit on a test sample of the brownie, which flashed presumptive positive for marijuana. The kit tests for Marijuana, Hashish, Hash Oil, THC Concentrates (DAB, WAX, BHO). Based on the totality of the investigation, statements by the TSA agent, the location of the pouch on the suspect’s person, the presumptive positive tests for marijuana and the suspect’s statements, officers formed the opinion the suspect knowingly or intentionally possessed a controlled substance in violation of Possession of Substance in Penalty Group 2. Officers placed the suspect under arrest for possessing the brownie.
Possession of Marijuana
August 11, 10:20 p.m.
An officer was traveling westbound on the 2600 block of Rental Car Drive when he observed Honda Civic traveling eastbound with a defective passenger side headlamp. The officer turned around and conducted a traffic stop at Rental Car Drive and Valley View Ln for the observed traffic violation.
The officer walked up to the vehicle and identified himself as a police officer with DFW Airport. The officer advised the driver of the reason for the stop. The officer noted the car was occupied by four people (2 males sitting in the front, 1 female and 1 male in the back passenger seats). The officer asked the driver for his license and insurance, the driver appeared confused and took a long time to answer. The rear driver side passenger answered for the driver and advised the driver only has a permit. The officer identified the driver by name and date of birth.
As the officer was speaking with the driver, he could smell an odor emitting from the vehicle which by experience he identified as marijuana. The officer also observed the front passenger was wearing black pants with no shirt. From the driver’s window the officer observed the passenger had small amounts of a green leafy substance on his left leg which appeared to be marijuana. The officer asked them how much weed they had in the car, and the rear passenger advised ‘like two grams.’
Another officer arrived on scene to assist with the call. Officers advised all the occupants of the vehicle they would be having them step out of the car in order to search it due to the odor of marijuana. Officers had the driver step out, patted him down for weapons with negative results. Officers then had the rear passenger step out of the vehicle, patted him down for weapons with negative results. Officers advised both individuals to sit on the curb. Officers had the front passenger step out of the vehicle, patted him down and discovered an orange medicine style container with a green leafy substance inside. The passenger then advised officers he also had more weed in his backpack. Officers also had the female passenger step out of the vehicle, patted her down for weapons with negative results.
Officers identified the front passenger and checked him through DFW Communications. Communications advised they had no return for the front passenger. Officers had all four subjects sitting on the curb while they searched the entire vehicle and found contraband inside the backpack which the front passenger advised belonged to him. In the backpack, officers located a clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance which by odor and visually they could identify as marijuana. Officers also located an orange in color style medicine bottle containing multiple pills, the bottle did not contain any identification.
Officers checked the rear passenger through DFW Communications for wants/warrants. DFW Communications advised the rear passenger had a TCIC warrant out of Childress County for possession marijuana more than 4oz less 5lbs, 3rd degree felony no bond. Officers advised DFW Communications to confirm the warrant. Communications returned advising they had hard copy in hand. The rear passenger was placed in custody for Non-DFW Warrant at 10:45 p.m. Officers placed the rear passenger in the back of a patrol unit.
The front seat passenger was placed in custody for possession of marijuana under 2oz at 10:46 p.m. Officers read the front passenger his Miranda rights, and he advised he understood. Officers asked if he would answer their questions, and he stated he would not. Officers placed the front passenger in the back of the patrol unit. The pills which were in the front passenger’s bags were also seized. Both suspects to Station One Jail in unit 9561 without incident. The driver and the female passenger were released and picked up.
August 12, 10:30 p.m.
Three officers were dispatched to Terminal A Gate 25 in reference to a suspicious individual making comments about having a bomb to American Airlines ticket counter agents.
Upon arrival, officers met with a white male who matched the suspect’s description. The first thing officers noticed when speaking with the suspect was the obvious smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from on or about his person. The suspect’s eyes were also blood shot and watery. Officers asked the suspect if he had any idea why they were speaking with him. The suspect could not answer the officers’ question, and they continued by asking if he may have made a comment about having a bomb. The suspect mentioned he became unhappy when noticing a jet bridge door being open and unsecured at Gate 25. The suspect explained he thought it was not right for him to have to go through such strict security checks with TSA for there to be an opened jet bridge door. The suspect approached American Airlines ticket counter agents at Gate 25 and expressed his lack of satisfaction. The suspect did not feel the ticket counter agents were giving him enough attention while he was trying to explain what was bothering him. With the suspect feeling he was not getting the attention he deserved, he made the statement, “If I had a bomb I bet someone would pay more attention to me.” Both American Airlines ticket counter agents and nearby passengers found this statement to be very alarming.
With the suspect waiting to board an American Airline’s flight to San Diego after making the abovementioned comment, officers felt he was a danger to himself and/or others. Because the suspect was in a public place, intoxicated, and a potential danger to himself and/or others, he was arrested for Public Intoxication and transported to Station One Jail.