Battle Ground police officers arrested five people on suspicion of driving under the influence during a 72-hour period between July 3rd and July 5th.
By state law, drivers with a blood alcohol level of .08 or who are found to be impaired by any amount of alcohol in their system can be charged with a DUI; driving under the influence can also refer to operating a vehicle while affected by drugs – legal or illegal. Each Battle Ground police officer undergoes Standard Field Sobriety Training in which they learn scientifically tested methods to detect and screen drivers for DUI. In addition, BGPD Sgt. Tim Wilson is a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) who has undergone extensive training to determine if an individual is impaired due to the influence of drugs other than alcohol, a combination of alcohol and other drugs, or if the is individual suffering from an injury or illness that produces similar signs to alcohol/drug impairment. The goal of officer training and DUI enforcement is to decrease the number of crashes, injuries and deaths caused by impaired drivers.
While the holidays and special occasions are a time for celebration, under no circumstances should one drink and drive. Never put yourselves or others at risk – if you drink, use a sober and responsible designated driver.