University student Cameron Lapierre was charged with DUI, underage possession or consumption of alcohol, failure to dim headlights and not having his license on his person, according to an Athens-Clarke County Police report.
Lapierre was arrested on these counts on June 15 at approximately 6:53 a.m. near the intersection of College Avenue and Willow Street.
An officer noticed Lapierre's vehicle travelling down Cleveland Avenue with bright lights on. Lapierre failed to dim his headlights when the officer indicated from the police vehicle that he should do so. The officer then followed the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of College and Cleveland Avenues.
When the officer approached the vehicle he asked for Lapierre's driver's license and noted in the report that Lapierre "was shaking and holding his hands over his mouth," that "he was also acting very confused and slurring his words slightly" and that his eyes were "bloodshot and glossy." The officer reported he "could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic [sic] coming from the vehicle" as Lapierre patted his shorts and stated he had just changed his pants.
The officer told Lapierre he had been pulled over for failure to dim his headlights, at which point the officer noticed that the bright lights were still on. As the officer talked with Lapierre, Lapierre said "oh my God" several times, according to the report.
When asked why he was nervous, Lapierre said he had never been pulled over before.
Lapierre told the officer he had had a beer to drink and had gone home to change his pants before picking up a friend and dropping her off.
When the officer asked Lapierre to perform field sobriety tests outside the vehicle, Lapierre struggled to put his shoes back on his feet.
The officer asked Lapierre's passenger how much Lapierre had had to drink, and the passenger said Lapierre had had a glass of wine with dinner, according to the report.
As he was performing the field sobriety tests, Lapierre amended his statement to say he had had a glass of wine and half of a 12-ounce beer around 11 p.m.
After performing the tests Lapierre blew into a portable alco-sensor. The alco-sensor read a .158 and continued to climb. The officer informed Lapierre that the alco-sensor is not a state-recognized test and is not accurate. However, Lapierre said he had had more than two alcoholic beverages and was placed under arrest for DUI by the officer who then read him implied consent for a person under 21. Lapierre said that he would take the state-administered test.
At the Police Department the test initially gave an error reading and said the samples were outside the parameters. According to the report, the test ended at 3:53 a.m. and the sergeant waited until 4:15 a.m. to re-administer the test, at which point the test produced a valid sample of .198 grams. Lapierre was then transported to the jail where he was charged with DUI, underage consumption of alcohol, failure to dim headlights and not having his license on his person.