Ayer District Court
Client a 27 year old man from Shirley, MA was charged with a marked lanes violation, failure to stop for police officer and operating under the influence of alcohol.
Police allege the client stumbled to his car after getting off the last commuter rail of the evening and then once followed by police the client crossed over the marked center line of the road and failed to stop for police after they activated there lights.
The client refused to perform any field sobriety tests or a breath test. Police alleged the client had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath, was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech.
During the six-person jury trial Attorney Riddle offered photos of the road, where the officer testified the client crossed over the double solid yellow line, which in fact showed no visible line left on the road. Attorney Riddle further attacked the credibility of the officer by offering witness testimony that the client pulled over immediately upon the police activating their blue lights.
Attorney Riddle argued based on the evidence at trial that the Shirley police would sit and wait for passengers to get off the last train of the evening and follow them and pull them over with little or no suspicion of wrongdoing. In essence “cherry-picking” drivers they suspected of operating under the influence.
The jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all counts.
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