Seattle DUI Attorney, Nate Webb, represented a client in Upper Kittitas County District Court (Cle Elum) and acquired a Not Guilty verdict from a jury on November 13, 2014. State of Washington versus C.H.
Facts: The trooper alleged my client was speeding well in excess of the posted limit, had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech, the odor of alcohol, continually swayed throughout their contact, had continually unsteady balance, failed to follow simple directions, he also alleged the client failed three field sobriety tests, took a portable breath test and was deceptive while doing it, and refused a breath test after arrest at the station. Further, the trooper testified that there were at least three open containers in the vehicle.
The State presented two witnesses, one was the trooper who made the above allegations and the second was a toxicologist from the Washington State Patrol Toxicology Lab. Mr. Webb was able to succesfully impeach the trooper's testimony via the State's own witness, the toxicologist. The trooper, an apparent 16 year veteran of the Washington State Patrol, testified as to the proper administration of the field sobriety tests pursuant to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards and protocols only to be contradicted by the toxicologist after Mr. Webb challenged the trooper's conclusions.
The jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty.
State v. C.H. (Cle Elum - Upper Kittitas County District Court - November 2014).