A police officer in Flagler County has been arrested for DUI. Diego Morales has been charged with Driving Under the Influence, Driving Under the Influence with Property Damage, and Careless Driving. It is not known at this time whether or not Morales was on duty at the time of the DUI crash. There has been no other information released at this time.
If you get into a traffic accident in Jacksonville, the police will always check to see if any of the parties involved had been drinking alcohol. Normally, an officer will notice the odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage coming from someone’s breath. If the police notice the smell of alcohol after a crash, there is going to be a DUI investigation in Jacksonville. Police will look for other indicators of impairment, such as:
how strong the odor of alcohol is
thick tongued speech
overall bad attitude
unbalanced walking or standing
If the officer develops enough reasonable suspicion to believe you were driving while impaired, he or she can ask you to perform field sobriety exercises. They are the eye test (also called the HGN), the walk and turn, the one leg stand, the rhomberg alphabet, and finger to nose. If the officer thinks you failed these tests and had probable cause to believe you are DUI in Jacksonville, you will be arrested for DUI. You will not have the chance to blow into a breathilizer until after you have been arrested and brought to the jail. Even if you blow .000, meaning no alcohol in your breath or blood, you will still have to bond out and will be facing a DUI charge in Jacksonville. If you have been arrested for DUI (also referred to as DWI) in Jacksonville, you should contact a Jacksonville DUI Attorney to discuss your rights.