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Negative Breathalyzer readings for college football player

When you're stopped for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, you may be asked to perform field sobriety tests. The results of these standardized tests, as well as the observations of the police officer, are generally why an arrest is made.

After an arrest, you may be taken to the police department to provide a breath sample to determine what your blood alcohol concentration is. This test gives more validation to the results of the field sobriety tests and the officer's observations. However, there are cases in which someone can perform badly on field sobriety tests and have a BAC of .00.

This happens to an offensive lineman in our neighboring state of Alabama. Alphonse Taylor, 22, called the police to report that he had struck a vehicle with his vehicle in a parking lot. When an officer arrived, Taylor was allegedly speaking very slowly, appearing lethargic. When asked if he had been drinking, Taylor told the officer he had not. He also said he didn't have any medical problems and was not taking any medication.

The officer said that Taylor dropped his phone and swayed when picking it up. He also did not perform well on the field sobriety tests, according to the officers. Taylor was arrested and taken to the police department, where he submitted a breath sample. According to court documents, the results of the test were .00.

The attorney who is representing Taylor said he is waiting to get all the information and facts before determining a course of action. Right now, Taylor is facing charges for driving under the influence of any substance that impairs the mental or physical faculties and for leaving the scene of an accident. The latter charge was because the officer found another vehicle that was struck by Taylor's vehicle in the parking lot. Taylor is currently indefinitely suspended from playing for the Tide.

When facing DUI charges, there are many factors to consider. Not all DUIs are easily proven. It's up to your attorney to determine a strong defense strategy.

Source: TideSports.com, "Taylor tested negative for alcohol at DUI stop," Stephanie Taylor and Aaron Suttles, July 29, 2016

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