Man Surprisingly Candid with Police Officer about Alcohol Consumption
The man said he’d had “one or two beers”, and when asked how long ago that had been, he replied “four or five beers ago”
On Wednesday, March 27 at approximately 1 a.m. Sapulpa Police Officer Jonathan Noah observed a red GMC Sierra speeding while traveling eastbound on Taft Avenue near Kelly Lane Park. Noah initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle stopped in the Walgreen’s parking lot at Taft and Division.
Officer Noah made contact with the driver and was able to identify him as Nathaniel Justin Martin (Defendant). The Defendant’s breath and person smelled of alcoholic beverages and he exhibited slurred speech and slow, uncoordinated movements. Additionally, Noah observed vomit running down the exterior of the driver’s side door of the vehicle.
When asked if he had been drinking, the Defendant responded, “I had, like, one or two beers.” When asked how long ago, he stated, “About four or five beers ago.”
Officer Noah accordingly had the Defendant exit the vehicle to perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. He was unable to complete all of the tests, however, the portion of the testing that he did complete indicated that he had been driving under the influence of intoxicants.
The Defendant was placed under arrest. He refused to take the state’s breath test, saying, “I know I’m over the…no.”
A criminal background search revealed no prior criminal history.