Driving While Intoxicated
October 22, 1:30 p.m.
Two officers were heading westbound in the 2700 block of North Airfield Drive when they observed an unoccupied green 2004 Saturn Ion on the right shoulder on the exit from EB Highway #114 to Freeport Parkway.
The unoccupied vehicle was rolling backwards with a Hispanic male directly in front of it stumbling after it. Officers observed the male fall face forward onto the ground as he was chasing after the vehicle. Officers suspected the male might be intoxicated based on initial observations of him and his current predicament. The male was able to catch up and stop the vehicle. Officers alerted DFW Communications of the situation. Communications advised they had already received a call concerning the vehicle. The caller reported the vehicle was swerving in the roadway before stopping in its current location.
The officers began going westbound on North Airfield Drive to take the Texan Trail exit to EB Highway #114 in order to get behind the vehicle. Officer later decided not to take that route, because it would take too long to get to the vehicle allowing the male to drive away from the scene. As officers were returning to the scene they observed the male was now urinating beside his car.
Officers then ran through the ditch that separates North Airfield Drive from EB Highway #114 in order to stop the male from driving his vehicle. The male began driving away from the scene as officers arrived at his location. The officers ordered the male to stop his vehicle. The male complied and stopped his vehicle on the right side shoulder in the 2700 block of EB Highway #114.
As the officers approached the right side of the vehicle, they observed the male had both of his arms up in the air. Officers ordered the male to turn off the engine and hand them his keys. The male complied and handed his keys over through his already open front passenger window. Officers then ordered the male to exit his vehicle. Officers observed the male had some difficulty with his balance as he exited his vehicle and walk to the rear of his vehicle. They also noticed the male had injured himself from his fall and had fresh blood coming from his nose and his lips. The male declined offers to be treated by EMS. Officers also noticed the male had urinated in his pants and his zipper was still open, and immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the male’s breath as they spoke with him. Officers observed the male’s eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred. When asked for identification the male provided his Mexico Consular ID Card and an Outback Steakhouse gift card. The male would inform officers several times during this investigation that his wife was currently in labor.
Three more officers arrived on scene to assist, including a Spanish-speaking officer to assist with translations. For safety reasons (heavy traffic passing by at high speeds) officers detained and transported the male to the Fire Station #3 parking lot (3075 North Airfield Drive) in order to administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. The male was informed he was being detained on suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated. He was handcuffed and transported to the Fire Station #3 parking lot without incident.
Upon arrival at Fire Station #3, officers asked the male if he had consumed alcoholic beverages. He advised he had two beers this morning and a six pack last night. He also advised he suffers from diabetes. Based on observations and information provided by the male, officers determined his current condition was caused by being heavily intoxicated and not a diabetic episode. Officers then began to administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.
The first Standardized Field Sobriety test officers attempted to administer was the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus. They attempted to administer this test to the male several times, but he could not keep his head still or follow the stimulus continuously with his eyes. Officers even had the male hold his face still with both of his hands in an attempt to keep him from moving his head, but he was still unable to keep his head still. After it became apparent the male’s intoxicated state would prevent him from following the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus instructions officers moved on to the next test.
The next Standardized Field Sobriety Test administered was the Walk and Turn. Walk and Turn instructions as well as a demonstration were provided to the male. Officers observed five out of a possible eight clues during the male’s performance of the Walk and Turn. The final Standardized Field Sobriety administered was the One Leg Stand. One Leg Stand instructions as well as a demonstration were provided to the male. Officers observed four out of a possible four clues during his performance of the One Leg Stand. Upon completion of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, the male was asked where he considered himself on a scale of zero (no alcohol) to ten (intoxicated to the point of vomiting). The male stated, “I’m half way there like a ten”.
Upon completion of the Driving While Intoxicated investigation, officer determined the male was intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle in a public place. Officers made that determination based on observing the male operating a motor vehicle in a public place, observations of the male and his performance of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. The male did not have the normal use of his mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol into his body, and was placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated.
October 23, 7:45 p.m.
Three officers were dispatched to Terminal E gate 5 for an intoxicated subject. Upon arrival, officers contacted the male suspect in the gate area of E5. Officers spoke with the male and told him to walk over to where his bag was left unattended in the seating area of gate 5. The suspect would not walk to the seating area from the gate area until an officer placed his hand on his bicep and guided him over to his bag. Officers then placed the suspect in handcuff restraints and continued speaking with him.
The suspect became cooperative and informed officers that he had approximately five alcoholic drinks ranging from shots to mixed drinks. While speaking with the suspect, officers observed him to have watery eyes, slurred speech, he was unsteady on his feet, and he had the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath and person.
The suspect was arrested for Public Intoxication due to his intoxicated state and his unsteady balance which could have led to him falling and injuring himself along with him having no safe place to stay for the night. The suspect was scheduled to be traveling on a United Airlines flight and was denied boarding due to his intoxicated state.
Possession of Marijuana, Tampering with Physical Evidence
October 24, 2 a.m.
An officer was traveling north at 3600 North Service Road, when he observed a vehicle (white 2013 Nissan Sentra) enter the bus valet lane (3500 N. Service Rd. to North International Pkwy). The officer believed the driver of the vehicle may be lost, so he turned on his rear traffic control lights and stopped to check on the driver and provide directions or assistance.
The officer approached the driver side door of the vehicle and identified himself as a police officer with DFW Airport DPS and asked the driver if she was lost. As soon as the officer was near the open driver window, he immediately smelled the odor of marijuana emitting from within the vehicle. The driver relayed she was indeed lost and was trying to get back to her home in Lancaster after picking up her passenger, a friend, from Irving.
The officer asked the driver for her driver’s license, requested another unit and asked her to exit the vehicle. The officer asked both females if there was any marijuana inside the vehicle, and the driver relayed she did not have any marijuana on her person. Another officer arrived to assist and had the passenger exit the vehicle. When the passenger opened the passenger door, officers observed a small bottle of “Paul Masson” brandy in between the seat and the door. The bottle’s seal was broken, but the bottle was nearly full.
Officers frisked the driver for weapons with negative results. The driver relayed she had picked up her passenger from her apartment in Irving and was headed back to Lancaster to hang out. The driver advised she had not smoked marijuana in approximately two weeks but had consumed some alcoholic beverages recently (one beer around 10 p.m. and a sip of the brandy from the bottle right before she left the passenger’s apartment). Officers checked both the driver and the passenger’s mouths for any contraband with negative results.
Officers searched the vehicle and located the following contraband:
- A partially burnt green blunt of marijuana (green leafy substance) in the center front ash tray.
- A prescription pill bottle containing (5) total pills –
◦ (1) white oval shaped pill bearing imprint “PH073” later identified as Dextromethorphan which is an over-the-counter cough suppressant.
◦ (4) White round pills bearing imprint “U36” later identified as Acetaminophen/Codeine (CSA Schedule 3 & 5), which is in penalty Group 3.
Officers seized the contraband and secured it inside of the patrol vehicle. Inside of a purse belonging to the passenger (in the front passenger seat) officers located a package of “Game Garcia Vega” green cigarillos. When questioned about when she last smoked marijuana, the passenger said she smoked a “green” blunt at her apartment complex with an unnamed male. The passenger said she did not finish the blunt and the unnamed male took it with him when they parted ways. The marijuana blunt located in the ash tray of the vehicle was consistent with the “green blunt.” The passenger had admitted to earlier smoking and also consistent the packaged cigarillo in her purse (rolled with the same type and color leaf/paper).
Officers decided to conduct the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests on the driver. During the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), officers did not observe resting Nystagmus, and observed zero of a possible six clues. Officers completed the two remaining tests on the driver and observed no signs of intoxication.
While officers were searching the vehicle and conducting SFSTs, both the driver and the passenger were checked through TCIC/NCIC. The check revealed the driver had a NCIC warrant for her arrest out of Dallas County. Officers placed the driver in custody for the NON-DFW warrants (handcuffed, frisked and placed into the back right seat of the patrol vehicle).
Even though the passenger insisted she did not have any marijuana and further insisted the marijuana in the vehicle was not hers, the marijuana blunt was consistent with the packaged cigarillo in her purse, officers believed the passenger was in actual care, custody and control of the marijuana. Officers placed her in custody for Possession of Marijuana. The passenger continued to insist she did not have any marijuana. The passenger was handcuffed, frisked and placed into the back left seat of a patrol vehicle.
Prior to being booked into the jail, the passenger was searched. Officers located two glass pipes and a small plastic baggie containing marijuana inside the passenger’s woven wig in a manner consistent with someone trying to conceal the contraband from being discovered by police. Officers removed the contraband from the passenger’s hair. Since the passenger had attempted to conceal the two glass pipes and the small baggie of marijuana with the intent to impair its availability as evidence in the investigation, she was subsequently charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence.
October 25, 10:15 p.m.
Two officers were dispatched to Terminal A gate 11 in regard to an aircraft returning to the gate. Officers arrived on scene and made contact with the flight crew and were advised a passenger on board was not following the flight crews’ instructions and was beating on the walls with his fist. Officers stood by while American Airlines gate agents removed the subject from the aircraft.
Once the subject was off of the aircraft officers made contact with him. Officers could immediately smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath and about his person. Officers asked the subject to follow them up the jet bridge to the gate counter. While walking, they asked the subject how much he had to drink. The subject stated, “On a scale?” They replied by saying, “Sure, on a scale of 1-10.” The subject stated about a 6.
Once at the gate area, officers asked the subject for his identification. Officers asked him what happened on the plane to cause the pilot to return to the gate and he replied he was listening to his music. Officers asked the subject if he had done something on the plane, like hit the window to cause him to be removed from the flight. The subject said he knew his Miranda Rights and did not want to answer questions. Officers explained to the subject they were trying to gather information so they could determine what they should do with him. The subject stated he knew the law and did not wish to speak with them. Officers asked him if he was traveling alone and he refused to answer the question.
Due to the fact that the subject was causing a disturbance on board an aircraft and was removed from the flight into a public area (Airport Terminal), was traveling alone so a responsible party could not take care, custody or control of him, intoxicated to the degree he was a danger to himself or others, officers placed him under arrest for Public Intoxication.
October 26, 7:30 p.m.
Two officers responded to a call in reference to an intoxicated person in Terminal C, at Gate C12 at the Blue Mediterranean Bar. Officers made contact with the individual sitting at a table by herself, crying. Officers asked the woman to walk over and away from the area and when doing so she appeared to be unsteady on her feet.
The woman appeared disoriented as if she did not know where she was. As the woman spoke her speech was slurred and officers could smell a strong odor of and alcoholic beverage on her breath. The woman’s eyes appeared to be bloodshot and she appeared unable to focus. The woman was asked to retrieve her identification and she replied with “I’ll Try”. The woman stumbled several times as she tried to retrieve her identification from her wallet.
The woman was asked how much she had to drink and she said she had three glasses of wine. The woman was advised she missed her American Airlines flight scheduled to depart at 5 p.m. The woman stated it was the third flight she missed. Officers later confirmed with American Airlines it was in fact the only flight she missed. The woman appeared to have an alcoholic beverage spilled all over the sleeve of her shirt and appeared to be emotionally unstable as she cried sporadically. Because the woman was intoxicated in a public place and was potentially a danger to herself or to others, she was placed under arrest for Public Intoxication.
October 27, 12 p.m.
Two officers responded to a call in reference to an intoxicated subject at Terminal C, Gate C12 public side. Upon arrival, three other officers were with the male subject on a row of seats near the C15 baggage claim. There appeared to be a puddle of spit by the subject’s feet where he was sitting down.
Officers asked the subject what his name was, and he responded “John,” and then said everyone referred to him as “Smokey” which was his rap name. The subject was unwilling to provide officers his name. Officers were able to find a student ID which led to the properly identifying the subject. The subject appeared to be spastic and high energy while talking with officers. Officers asked the subject what his birthday was and he said “6/18/96.”
When officers provided DPS Communications the name and DOB, they advised there was no return. Officers then asked the subject to provide his real date of birth. The subject appeared confused and then said “6/18/1998.” Officers asked the subject had anything to drink today, and he advised he did not. Officers then asked if he was on any medication, the subject said he took his prescribed Xanax dose before flying to DFW Airport. The flight landed approximately at 11 a.m. in Terminal C, Gate C12. Officers asked the subject what his prescribed dosage was, and he said “one pill.” He said he had a clear plastic bag of Xanax pills in his baggage.
Officers took a pen light to check the subject’s eyes for signs of intoxication. Officers observed the subject’s pupils were pin point size. When officers checked for HGN, the subject showed signs of resting nystagmus and lack of smooth pursuit following a stimulus, which are indicators of probable intoxication. The subject stood up from the seat and started to sway, but was told to sit back down due to him being argumentative.
The subject said his mom was outside in the parking garage. Officers told the subject to have his mom come inside. The subject started to smear the spit by his feet on the floor with his sandals. He then stated his mom was coming from Jacksonville, Florida to pick him up. Officers then questioned if the subject knew where he was, and he advised us that he was in Tampa, Florida. He then stated he was going to get an Uber to give him a ride home after stating his mom was there to pick him up as well. The subject did not appear to know where he was, he took an abnormal time to answer basic questions about his name, date of birth, and his home address. He admitted to taking Xanax prior to his flight. The subject’s eyes showed signs of intoxication, and he thought he was in Tampa, FL waiting for his mom to pick him up from Jacksonville, FL. A reasonable person would also not sit next to a puddle of spit and start to smear the spit with their sandals on the floor.
Due to the subject being intoxicated in a public place and was a potential danger to himself or others, he was placed under arrest for Public Intoxication. The subject was transported to Station One Jail without incident. No Xanax pills were found in his belongings nor was a prescription bottle for Xanax found.