There has been an increase in the numbers of sober drivers being falsely charged with driving under the influence across the United States. Despite laws that establish a blood alcohol content for intoxication at .08%, law enforcement agencies in several states, Ohio in particular, have adopted a zero tolerance position on alcohol. Both Maryland and the District of Columbia have criminal drunk driving penalties for motorists with a BAC under the legal limit. Drunk driving is a serious issue though the effort to make the streets safer has lead to many innocent drivers being caught up in a legal nightmare.
A man from Corvallis, Oregon is one such case. Brian Noakes was charged with suspicion of Oregon DUII after a traffic stop for having bloodshot eyes. He explained that he had a cold though the police officer was convinced that he was driving under the influence. While being arrested, Noakes wife asked what was happening and police threatened to Taser her. A breath test showed that Noakes had no alcohol in his system and a urine test came back negative for drugs. The district attorney declined to prosecute the case though Noakes will continue to have a permanent arrest record for drunk driving.
Washington, like several other states, does not allow arrests for traffic offenses, including driving under the influence, to be removed or expunged from a person