8. What is the officer looking for during the initial detention at the scene?

Police officers are trained to note the following “symptoms of intoxication” on their report:

  • Flushed face (How does he know your “normal” coloring?)
  • Red, watery, glassy and/or bloodshot eyes (Been up 20 hours?)
  • Odor of alcohol on breath (Doesn’t non-alcoholic beer smell just like Bud?)
  • Slurred speech (How does he know your regular speech patterns?)
  • Fumbling with wallet trying to get license
  • Failure to comprehend the officer’s questions
  • Staggering when exiting vehicle
  • Swaying/instability on feet
  • Leaning on car for support
  • Combative, argumentative, jovial or other “inappropriate” attitude
  • Soiled, rumpled, disorderly clothing
  • Stumbling while walking
  • Disorientation as to time and place
  • Inability to follow directions or to “divide attention.”