Jevon Kearse, who was one of the best defensive players ever to play for the University of Florida, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) after a traffic stop in Tennessee this past weekend, according to an article on ESPN.com. According to police, Kearse’s vehicle was weaving in the road and speeding which was the basis for the traffic stop. When the officer approached Kearse, police said that his eyes were red and watery, his speech was slurred and he emitted an odor of alcohol. Kearse then performed the requested field sobriety test but refused to take the breathalyzer test. He was then arrested for DUI.
This is a fairly common DUI arrest scenario. When the police see a vehicle weaving and/or speeding in the early morning hours on the weekend, their suspicion of a DUI is raised. Red, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcohol are classic signs that police look for when deciding to initiate or continue a DUI investigation. Police will then often request a field sobriety test which the driver has a right to refuse. Police will often also request the driver submit to a breath or blood alcohol test which, if refused in Florida, subjects the driver to driver’s license suspension penalties, which are further detailed here on our website.