Heather Squires was arrested for DUI without drinking a drop of alcohol

Heather Squires was the designated driver. Never exactly a fun thing, but a college buddy of her husband's was driving up from Tucson to celebrate his acceptance into law school. So when her husband, Jason, asked, Heather said yes.

At Chuy's in Tempe, Heather's brother and her husband and the soon-to-be-law-school student knocked off four pitchers of beer. Everybody was having a great time.

Around 9:30 p.m., they decided to head home. So they piled into Jason Squires' new pickup truck. As planned, Heather drove.

It's not safe to be the designated driver these days, either: Jason and Heather Squires.
Courtesy of Jason Squires
It's not safe to be the designated driver these days, either: Jason and Heather Squires.

They didn't get very far.

A motorcycle cop spotted the truck as Heather drove through the intersection of Baseline Road and Mesa Drive. Not familiar with the truck, she'd failed to flip on her lights. Soon the cop was flipping on his — and they were flashing.

Heather was ordered out of the vehicle and almost immediately handcuffed. She was taken to the Mesa Police Department and charged with both driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit. The truck was searched, then impounded.

Party's over.

Heather Squires was no different from any of the thousands of people who've been charged with DUI this year in Arizona. They drank, they got busted, and now — thanks to the toughest DUI laws in the nation — they can expect jail time, big fines, and an ignition interlock.

Except for one thing.

Heather Squires' blood alcohol content that night was 0.00. The records prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that she was an exemplary designated driver.

She hadn't had a drop to drink.


Heather Squires is a 29-year-old legal assistant, but with long blond hair and wholesome good looks, she resembles nothing so much as a fresh-scrubbed high school student.

So it doesn't surprise me that the Mesa policeman's first question was, "How old are you?" On a dark night, it would be easy to assume she was underage and out past curfew.

The problem is, she wasn't. Wasn't underage, wasn't past curfew, wasn't drunk. Wasn't even drinking. The arrest should never have happened. And though Mesa police quietly dismissed the charges against her a month later, I think her case still raises serious questions.

Let's face it. The DUI situation in Arizona is out of control. As I reported earlier this year, drivers are getting popped after just one or two drinks, with blood alcohol contents far below the legal limit.

But Heather's case is the only one I've seen in which the driver drank nothing. It certainly makes me wonder whether her treatment was related to the fact that her husband, Jason, is a DUI attorney based in Mesa.

A few months before Heather's arrest, in fact, he helped a client beat the rap for extreme DUI at a jury trial, even though records suggest the guy was guilty.

The officer who arrested the guy? Bond Gonzalez — the same cop who would arrest Heather Squires.

I would call that a remarkable coincidence, except I'm not so sure it is a coincidence. The truck, after all, was registered to Jason Squires. And when Gonzalez began questioning Heather, Jason immediately identified himself from the back seat, as Gonzalez's report confirms.

Gonzalez wrote in the report that he did not recognize Squires for quite some time. In fact, when Squires showed his bar card to verify that he's an attorney, Gonzalez wrote that Squires was attempting to claim he worked for the county attorney.

I find the officer's report a little disingenuous.

The Squireses agree that, upon his pulling them over, Gonzalez was almost immediately hostile. Rather than ask Heather Squires whether she'd had anything to drink, he ordered her out of the truck. Then he immediately ordered her to do a field sobriety test.

Sensing trouble, Jason Squires advised her to refuse.

"I didn't like the way this was happening," he explains. "At that point, I'm not going to trust him to be fair." It didn't help that the area where they were standing was covered in thick gravel and Heather Squires was wearing strappy heels. As any DUI lawyer knows, that's setting a driver up for failure.

Now, the law is clear. If you refuse a blood test, the police confiscate your license right away and suspend it for a year. By refusing, you're admitting guilt.

But that is not true for field sobriety tests. They are supposed to be optional.

That's not how Gonzalez handled it. When Heather Squires refused the field tests, Gonzalez said he had no choice: "If you're not going to do these, I'm putting you under arrest."

"What for?" Jason Squires asked, incredulous. He knew his wife hadn't been drinking.

Within minutes, she was in cuffs anyway.

The Mesa police are equipped with portable Breathalyzers — a test that would have shown immediately that Squires was not intoxicated. But Gonzalez never administered one.

And though Gonzalez's supervisor showed up, he never administered a breath test, either.

In total, five cops reported to the scene. (Nice use of Mesa's tax dollars, eh?) And not one of them did anything to stop the madness. Not one of them noticed that the woman they were arresting was as sober as an undertaker.

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chillbertaz
chillbertaz

I got a NEGATIVE blood test that came back, and they are still charging me with DUI based on the lies in the Gilbert PD report.  And what's so convenient about it, is that when they get a negative test, they throw away the blood.  So you can't use your own test results as proof, because they are not part of the discovery of the pros.  It's definitely targeting, and big huge money machine for all of them, even the lawyers.  They are ruining people's lives, for cash.  The judges, cops, and attorneys are all friggin dirty. I spoke to a lawyer who wanted 10k, then started telling me that I would most likely be on TASC.  Hello?  I can do that myself and save 10k.  WITH A NEGATIVE TEST!  They are all evil and it's sick.

Robb222777
Robb222777

I wish someone would stop sober duis i got 2 same officer No alcohol involved it has Ruined my life.I had a perfect driving record the officer is no longer employed by laurens co.The lawyers let me down along with no whole justice system.I now have a 16 yr old daughter that wants a car thanks to fines and insur. I cant afford I cant help her.I will never ever get over the wrongness!.

Sherrie
Sherrie

I have a good one for you. My daughter just received notice that she is being charged in Gilbert with a DUI last July. While she was in a minor fender bender, there was no field test, no urine or blood tests, no ticket issued and no arrest. Nine months later here this comes. There is no other information in the document. It simply says that last July she was in control of a motor vehicle ;under the influence: She does take medications but has been cleared several times by DMV and found 'not quilty in another DUI case. I believe she is simply being targeted at this point.

Worried
Worried

DUI laws are out of control in AZ. To get busted for drinking two beers is beyond rational. And to think that those two beers increase your insurance, put you in jail, make you go to mandatory treatment, go to driving school and pay 1800 in fines is totally out of line.

I can't wait until the tea todlers get the same treatment for texting, doing your make-up, talking on the phone, taking sinus medication or whatever.

This is way out of control.

Matt R
Matt R

Time for some street justice for these cops.

Phoenixusa20
Phoenixusa20

it is very true that police today use more then necessary powers to blame you for something that you did not do. I hope that you will make a difrences.

alexander
alexander

i to had trouble with mesa police dept. and jason squires was there to work mircales for me with a gun charge where i was protecting my own business but mesa police seen different and jason squires proved them wrong. lawyers are good people .

Deborah
Deborah

David, are you a Scottsdale police officer?

David
David

Seems like a bad deal for the woman but I have to say that anything bad done to a lawyer is a good thing for society. Lawyers are the worst pond scum on the planet and I would trust the average police officer a millions times more than I would trust the average lawyer.

Rita
Rita

I too have been a victim of these lying, disprectful good for for nothing so called police officers. I do not live in Arizona full time but I do have a vacation home there. I would advise anyone pulled over in Arizona not to say a word, call a lawyer and never take any tests. I was not aware that Arizona has the right to arrest you and take your license for being.043 (that's under the limit by almost half) No matter, the police lie, say if you don't submit to their tests they'll arrest you. They will arrest you regardless . Just accept the fact that if you visit Arizona and have one beer they will put you in jail. Get the name of a good Arizona DUI Attorney before you visit! Or sell your vacation property! I am!

Blake
Blake

From the city-data.com results 1 in 73 people had there car stolen in 2007 in phoenix, AZ. And by someone in the county jail said at any giving time there are more than 500 people in jail on charges of dui. That should be something everyone should think about when Voting for Joe. You get him out of office and things will change

robert
robert

nothing was said about drug use. drugsro medications legal or illegal can make you unable to drive. driving while intoxicated does not mean just alcohol.

just a thought.

robert

stephen
stephen

I have also been arrested in mesa for dui, my bac was .04 (supposedly half the legal limit), so i did have a couple of drinks, but i surly wasnt drunk. I was pulled over for "failing to signal a lane change" which i disputed but did not matter. Sure enough I was hauled off in hancuffs, while my sick wife was left alone, vomitting on a street corner. Incidentall, my arreting officer made racist "wetback jokes" the whole way to the station. Under AZ's "dui to the slightest degree law" i spent over $5000 on fines and attorneys fees, and still had to spend a night in the tents.Im sure there are good and decent officers out there who want to protect and serve, but the current state of insanity in this state lead me to believe their real goal is to HARRRASS AND ANNOY. Those of you who really are good cops need to SPEEK OUT against thse types of systemic abuses that are becoming more prevalent, or the consequence will be a public with a significantly reduced confidence and belief in the police department.

Marquez
Marquez

In Maricopa county being the wrong skin color alone is reason enough to pull you over, harass you and possibly deport you as well. Just ask Emperor Joe

Robert Baldwin
Robert Baldwin

I don't live in Phoenix, but it sure looks like people there had better do something. The PD works for YOU, you sign their paycheck, albeit indirectly. When they try to set it up to work against Joe and Jane Average, you can either figure "I like the entertainment value of having random non-connected losers get busted" or "I pay them to do a job and I want it done right". If the PD knows its marching orders are to help the public and cuff real criminals, they'll do it, there are good cops who like doing their job right. If it's "here's a badge and gun, now have some fun with it", they'll do that with a big grin.

Make it an election issue, otherwise when it's your turn, it'll be too late.

innocent victim
innocent victim

I see I had alot of typos in my post. I am sure the righteous ones will slander me for that and begrade me etc. go ahead I am a respected member of my community and I have a high profile job . I owe this to a great set of parents and the desire to improve my standard of living from what 7 long hard days a week did for my parents to keep food on the table and shelter over us. They were there for us whenever any of us kids needed a parent. god bless them. Now there go ahead pick my typos apart to make yourself feel better about yourself. The majority of the people in the world know when they are lying or not. And we all have to live with our own actions. Have at me for speaking the truth.

inocent  victim
inocent victim

Mr and Mrs squires please acept my condolences on you being innocent victims. I myself have been tried and abused by our police system. I have to admire attorneys like yourself who will stand up to these Pigs. yes that is what i said . i know there are some good ones out there, but today most of themhave no bckbone either, if they did they would not stand back and let the pigs be pigs. Alot of crime would not happen if the public did not have to take the extra measure today to avoid at all risks any involvement with the law, It sickens me to see police think they are the Law. How narrow minded are they to think they are the law. When I was a kid they were your friend and we were there friend. I lived in a small community and the pocal policemen would visit with us nightly. If someone was stepping way out of bounds we were there for him. the town was safe and crime was very low. Well wouldn't you know a new mayor took office and his grandson got caught driving drunk and was given a wreckless driving ticket instead. low n behold the mayor tears the ticket up, the policeman quits, the mayor tries to make life extremely difficult for a good law officer. And now 5 years later the town has a terrible crime rate and the mayors grandson is in prison for meth mfg. So go ahead abuse your power this thing will catch up to you some day. these kids will make it that it is not even safe for a bad cop to walk the streets. It is in your hands contrl the corruption or let the vigalantes take effect

Tracy Dudzik
Tracy Dudzik

Boilerplate affidavits, only the names are changed to convict the innocent. If you pull 100 of his affidavits you find they read the same, he knows what gets the convictions, it saves him work, makes it a lie and him a liar. But he will get away with it and we pay the price.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Finally, an honest news story! Finally, the public is waking up! 90%+ of these comments are right on. We're going to put the POS, lying cops out of jobs!

NEVER TAKE A ROADSIDE SOBRIETY TEST. I'm an athlete in prime condition, perfect balance... I've taken 2, dead sober, and FAILED BOTH TIMES. I only took them because I knew I was going to pass the stupid breathalyzer.

In the meantime I'll be riding my bike because, you have more rights when you do.

terri
terri

Geeze! This is really scarry to read about Az laws being like this. I live in CA, and I thought it was only here that this whole railroading thing was happening. I wish I could move out of the united states to somewhere that I didn't feel so afraid of being taken away at any time, and jailed for crimes I didn't commit, simply because the people who have the power in our government (the people with some kind of sympathetic cause) or whatever and however they do to get in passed into laws to catch more and more people up in it. even to make their ends meet their means statistically. Otherwise they would be wrong, and they don't want to be wrong...nomatter how many lives are destroyed to prove they are right. they just widen the net. Ieven feel a sick fear right now in my stomache, thinking that writing this comment will somehow cause some horrible damage to me. WELL, IT COULD! I'm a strong adversary to them. I just get so tired of living my life just to fight to survive. I feel like I'm fighting alone.

Franklin
Franklin

The problem with MANY of the police on the force currently, is that they have a God complex. I know of some locally that were of a lower social standing growing up, or picked on, or whatever that causes a young mind to seek power, ut in the wrong way (by becoming a police officer). You may smerk at this thought, but it is true. Now.... Because they have a gun and a badge, and they are the LAW, that it is time for people to obey them. There are good officers (I know many), but there are also bad ones, and this story proves it!

Robert
Robert

FORMER DPS Officer Eric Dombrowski arrested me for essentially the same thing, driving after 3 a.m. When he realized I wasn't drunk he fabricated charges of failing to stop and failing to show my drivers license, then had other charges of speeding (no radar) and illegal tint mailed to me after the fact. The County Attorney declined to prosecute on the original charges and after I filed a complaint, Eric showed up in court in Civilian clothes (LMAO!) to try and make the speeding and tint charges stick. No luck Dombrowski! This ego with a badge still has his POST certification though so you know he is violating citizens rights somewhere in the country, either as a police officer or more likely a security guard.

rodat6
rodat6

I stopped by New Times online to see what was going on, the top 2 stories have been about alcohol, wtf is happening?

Alcohol is perhaps the worst drug out there, take all humans who have been killed/murdered/maimed in the past 100 years over alcohol and you'll see some of the picture.

I'll bet this shit has started wars.

Alcohol is addictive, alcohol has really bad side effects, people who drink alcohol live on a ever diminishing base. Alcohol is advertised to our youth multiple times per day, it is made to look smart and cool while pot is a felony and is not addictive plus its side effects heal.

The side effects of alcohol, it eats your liver, your brain and dries your arteries like if you put fuel in a tube that is not fuel line related, it swells then dries out.

Can't wait to see what the next story is.... alcohol?

You wanna live a short bad life, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin died drunks, they were so great, alcohol robbed us. Fuck alcohol.

rodat6

Beth Fleming
Beth Fleming

DUI arrests are out of control in Arizona. DUI is a revenue maker for the state, attorneys and ignition lock companies.What is wrong with the legislature? They are afraid of the sheriff. They don't want to be roughed up by the sheriff so no changes are made - wake up Arizona! You have lost your rights. MADD is only a moneymaker. My parents were killed by a drunk driver. Fines and jail do not work. A government can not regulate behavior.

Cameron
Cameron

I don't know why people are shocked when it comes about that a cop is arresting the innocent. Arrest first, violate rights, then ask questions and apologize. Go America

Sam Palmer
Sam Palmer

Sounds just about right. I wish you guys at New times would come up the the Miami AZ area to hear stories from business people who get pillaged by the police. I guess one thing never to do is persue purgery by a police officer, their buds will arrest you just that much more often for lesser and lesser things, like changing locks on your apartment at your aptment building to keep squatters out.

Ruth Foster
Ruth Foster

Thank you for sharing this. It has become so scary out there, a DWI could ruin your life. Hopefully you will get support and we, US Citizens can fight back against these injustices.

Jane Smith
Jane Smith

This letter is about the Heather Squires DUI story...directly in response to Kris Carlson's letter. He says he was with them that night, and that Heather abstained from drinking so that she could safely drive them home.

EXCEPT SHE DIDN'T SAFELY DRIVE THEM HOME!!! She was clearly so distracted or such a bad driver that she forgot to put the driving lights on. Which is the reason she was pulled over. In my entire life, I've never forgotten to put my lights on!! How do you drive or manuever anywhere at 9:00 pm at night in the pitch black without your lights on??!!

I don't understand this. It is her fault she was pulled over, and frankly, any person that's driving on the streets without their lights on is just as reckless as someone driving drunk!

The cop pulling them over most likely saved lives, so I don't see what the big deal is.

If she was a good, organized, calm, defensive and cognizant driver, she wouldn't have operated a motor vehicle without its lights on.

Instead of a DUI, the cop should've given her a DWD...Driving While DUMB!!!

Scott
Scott

I am a victim of a SOBER DUI.. In El Dorado County, the officer�s name is Chris Stelz of the El Dorado County Sheriffs Org�

basically the guy pulled me over cause I was the only person on the road� and when he came to my window I said �Good evening officer! what seems to be the problem?�

he replies�

�ILL BE THE ONE ASKING THE QUESTIONS SON�

right there I knew I was in trouble, not because I did anything wrong, but because this guy was a total Nazi, especially when it came to respect..

He basically continues to use verbiage like �your playing my game, with my rules, in my world�

and

�wheres your boyfriends ID?�

and then he had me sign a ticket for a �broken tail light� that I actually just got signed off by the CHP a mere weeks before this encounter, but apparently �it was the wrong color of red� the guy must of been color blind cause the CHP thought it was OK�

he had me sign the ticket 3 times, 1st cause my signature went out side of the 5mm box, the second time cause it did not match my signature on my drivers license, and then on the third signing he said �what kind of faggot signature is that?�

then I asked for his badge # because that was the last straw for me�

so he decided that I was a threat so he pulled his fire arm on me, forced me out of the car, and hand cuffed me�

the first sobriety test was not until after he arrested me, and processed me into the jail, at which time he took my blood test because i stated that i have a phobia of needles� which came back 0.00% BAC�.

but the DA still pursued the case, so I had to hire a lawyer, spent thousands of dollars, and then denied a fair jury trial� not to mention that this whole thing was a major contributor of me loosing my long dream career designing recording studios and theaters for an internationally acclaimed firm�

It gets way messier too, cause, even though I was denied a trial, apparently there is currently a warrant out for my arrest, they still suspended my license, and destroyed my DMV record, not to mention my insurance quadrupled,,, apparently the DMV courts are different then the county and state courts, but none the less thay are all just broken fragments of the same government who brought us Guantanamo�

I�m moving to Europe, cause this shit makes me want to puke out of every orifice of my face� I used to stand up for the law enforcement and the government when ever i herd people talk shit about them,,, now im the one talking shit!!!

these guys are really terrible� Just remember this is in California, El Dorado County, Officer Chris Stelz�

you can call them at 530.626.8163�

I fell sick, and have become so numb over this, i cant sleep, work, or create anything,,, this experience has made me just want to give up completely�

I just need to get out of the united states, cause for 1 I have been here my whole life and need a change of scenery� and to find a better, more established, and respected government system� like Holland, or something� somewhere with a really good public transport system,.,, cause I NEVER WANT TO DRIVE IN MY LIFE EVER EVER AGAIN� it is just not really worth it to trade your human soul, to be mentally tormented by these fascist Nazis�.

please fell free to contact me, if you want to discuss my case�

After being beaten, lied to, and now giving a completely Sober DUI from �El Dorado County�s Finest� all on separate occasions, you tend to really stop giving a damn�.

I really hope that no one else has to go through something like this� It not only makes the evils of our government more transparent, but it also kills the love i had for both our country, and life in general�

I mean, it is almost worse then the time i got jumped in the middle of nowhere, thinking i was going to die� cause I already know that those type of people are bad� This is worse because it completly killed the respect I had for government and law enforecment (and at one point in my life i did respect them) now they are no better then hitler�

I cant believe i just worte all of this, cause I truly have no more energy left to even think about this�.

I have become a hater�

Yours truly,

Scott

e.static.sound@gmail.com

Don Albo
Don Albo

A few years back, I was able to see the writing on the wall in Mesa. The police in that town are a bunch of racist paramilitary wanna bes. and this new DUI law has given them carte blanche to bust anyone they think is able to pay. While they have let the gang problem and the meth problem flourish. Good work assholes. Im glad me and my family moved away and took our tax dollars with us.

jessica
jessica

WOW.. I couldn't even imagine with all the other things in the city of Mesa that they should be worried about like junkies breaking into cars.. (But when it comes to that mesa cops think its a joke and do NOTHING..) But someone who has nothing to drink 5 cops come to the scene and are oblivious on the real issues!!!!! Drive safe!!

jessica
jessica

WOW.. I couldn't even imagine with all the other things in the city of Mesa that they should be worried about like junkies breaking into cars.. (But when it comes to that mesa cops think its a joke and do NOTHING..) But someone who has nothing to drink 5 cops come to the scene and are oblivious on the real issues!!!!! Drive safe!!

Mark
Mark

Gee Chris, I never wished you harm, guess that is just more of your hyperbole. I just wished you the same treatment you have said other people deserve, to prove their innocence. Funny you consider that harm...

KJ
KJ

Imagine what would have occurred if the driver and occupants had been Black or Hispanic....oh wait that happens everyday in the hood. "DWB" Driving While Black can be hazardous to your health.......

Diana
Diana

Many comments have been made that are grossly wrong at best and dangerously warped at worst. I was also profiled in Sara's previous article on the same subject. (arrested for being only .03 after 5 weeks post op from surgery. No drugs and only one drink the entire evening) It is NOT simply a matter of "big deal, you prove your innocence, charges get dropped and if a few innocents get caught, that's the price we need to pay". You have no idea how traumatic an event like this is. I was forced to go through "drug screening" all night, not released till 4:00AM. Shaking, crying and in severe pain the entire time. For 6 mos not knowing if it would be cleared. Not sleeping. Loosing 20 lbs and not being able to heal from my surgery. Trembling every time I passed a police car and not wanting to drive for months, until I decided they would not get the best of me. Oh, and let's not even mention the thousands I had to pay an attorney. All because AZ DUI laws are out of control due to politicians and city leaders who don't have the good sense and guts to stand up to special interest groups and pass laws needed to control this craziness. Did you all realize that they will even attempt to get you to accept charges BEFORE the urine/blood tests come back? Laws need to change and our police forces need to be held accountible for damages. My own cousin, who was like a brother, was killed by a drunk driver. So the ER Doc doesn't need to lecture me on the horrors of true DUI. However, NOBODY should ever have to go through what I did..and the hundreds of others who have had to endure the same. Thank God Sara has the guts and great writing skills to tell this story for all of us!!

Beauford Knucklebutt
Beauford Knucklebutt

DUI = Driving Under The Influence. 40% of DUI's are for drugs. She was stoned and driving. What is the problem ???

Coz
Coz

Hope they sue the shit out of Mesa PD.

Steve
Steve

First, the story is newsworthy because it sheds light on something that should not happen to people who are trying to follow the rules. This group did everything right, except turn on the lights on the truck. For that, a traffic ticket (or warning) should have been the extent of their penalty.

The police, in fact, do write down "bloodshot/watery eyes, strong smell of alcohol on their breath" on just about every potential DUI case report. I remember the case of the former ASU quarterback Ryan Kealy. He was busted for DUI and on the police report it said he had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath. The only problem was he hadn't been drinking at all. He was smoking weed.

Now, the story does not tell us what Mrs. Squires told the officer when they were speaking. The slant of the article made it seem that Mrs. Squires barely said anything. Maybe she was nervous, and no one would blame her for that, but she should have calmly explained the situation to each and every officer who arrived on scene. Maybe one would have thought to give her a breathalyzer test and this whole thing would have been avoided. Maybe she tried to calmly explain things, but I would have to guess that the husband giving instructions to her may have overshadowed anything she told Gonzalez. I think the fewer things he said on scene would have been better. A sober lawyer often talks too much, but a lawyer with a little booze and a lot of adrenaline definitely talks too much.

I'm not a cop basher, I think they do a great amount of good in communities. But, after reading this story a few times, I think this particular group of cops (especially Gonzalez) was just trying to stick it to Mr. Squires. After all, if you made what you thought was a slam-dunk collar on an extreme DUI driver (these people should not be on the road, ever, and should get the book thrown at them when possible) and a good lawyer like Mr. Squires tears your case apart and the DUI driver walks, how mad would you be? They look at Squires as somebody who is happy to see these drunk drivers walk. They probably think Squires is dangerous because the people he gets off the hook are likely to get behind the wheel drunk again and could kill someone someday. That's just how cops think.

But, I'm sure Squires has inner struggles on a lot of cases, especially when he knows the person is guilty. But, guess what, he's doing his job and he's working within the boundaries of our criminal justice system. We may not like it, but that's the way it is.

Marcy
Marcy

Cops who fabricate evidence should be fired, arrested and prosecuted.

But they aren't because cops protect their fellow cops.

Chris
Chris

Mark, People don't agree with me because too many people view police as the enemy. It's because of blowing these things out of proportion without taking the time to try and figure out where the police are coming from that they get this reputation. Granted there are some evil cops out there, but I feel like people are rushing to judgement. Regardless of where Chuy's is located she was still driving without her headlights on with two men who had been drinking in the car. I don't know why you can't understand why there would be a concern that she had been drinking too. I haven't back-pedaled at all. I've admitted that I probably came off as harsher than I intended and tried to clarify that my problem is with the reporting. You, on the other hand, have called me names and continued with these theories (that you're not backing up with any real sources) saying that the police are out to arrest everyone that they try to hide all of their activities. You sound like a conspiracy theorist, you're never going to respect my opinion and you can't have a discussion with me without wishing me harm, so fuck it.Kris, you're not listening to what I'm saying in regards to many things, specifically Jason's behavior. You can come off as a prick, not mean it and be completely oblivious to how it is taken. People dislike lawyers, acting lawyerly can rub people the wrong way. It doesn't make him belligerent or a bad person. Also you're ignoring that your opinion on the subject wouldn't be easy to present in court considering that you had been drinking just before the incident. Also, alcohol does a lot more than alter mood and reduce inhibition. You don't get a DUI because when you're drunk you get angry and a little more daring. You just keep going around in circles with me over whether or not the officer lied when I'm saying that it's a matter of perspective. I'm glad you're a medical practitioner, but at the time of the incident you had been drinking. On top of that you can't get over me calling Chuy's a bar and not a restaurant even though you yourself called it irrelevant. I can't explain why he said he smelled alcohol on her breath, but people do make mistakes or jump to conclusions. Call it sloppy policework, it doesn't necessarily make him a liar. How are you going to prove that he knowingly made it up? You don't know what he observed. The issue is whether or not he falsified his report. You can't prove that he did.Thank you for taking the time to respond to what I've written. It's been fun discussing it with you, but we're never going to reach an agreement on the matter and I really don't care anymore.Respectfully,Chris in Tempe

Lonnie_Kushking
Lonnie_Kushking

@chillbertaz  File complaints on the arresting officers.  I was detained for 46 mins in Gibert without an accident, tkt, or citation.  They contacted the AZ MVD saying I had medical issues that "possibly" made me unsafe to drive.  My license was revoked.

Pulled over by Gilbert officers again, in Tempe... BAC 0.00 and a DUi.

Once they know you have an AZ Medical Marijuana/Cannabis Card, you're on their radar.

Internal Affairs has removed several officers from my complaints.  Det Jason Roman is doing investigations on his two supervisors and I'm still awaiting trial from a 12/20/12 long-form complaint turned criminal case.

darwinfinch10
darwinfinch10

Well, welcome to the Police States of America... the bill of rights is nothing but a piece of toilet paper to these police...

swillis67
swillis67

@David I don't care for lawyers, but I had to have one to defend myself against a control freak, lying officer!  My brother is a Sergeant for a Police Dept. in Arizona, and he could not believe what happened to me along with me and everyone I knew!  I have always been strongly supportive and thankful for the Officers who protect us 24/7, 365 days a year... but then I ran into Officer Mcdowell from the Mesa PD, and I realize that not all officer's are good, law-abiding, honest people themselves!  I was involved in a rear end collision that was my fault, and it should have ended there!  But a very egotistical motorcycle cop that entered the scene at the end of closing out the incident, decided to target me for Driving under the influence?  I didn't understand why he was taking me though all the DUI testing, but stupid as I was I consented and did my best to do as I was told!  When we got to the part were I was suppose to 'walk the line', I would start to do as he told me and he kept stopping me after I took the second step, saying that I was doing it wrong and that I wasn't listening to him!  After 3 failed attempts of not understanding what sounded like pretty instructions clear to me, he started flipping out and yelling at me and saying the test was so simple that even a drunk could understand him? Well, after that... it all went down hill... he wouldn't let me finish the test.  Was livid with me. and finally said 2 counts of DUI your under arrest!  Maybe if you had to stand there and watch happen to me as my husband had to do, you would change your mind about protecting your own (Police officers).  Because although you might be a honorable officer, you would have witnessed one that was anything but that! You have to be in the shoes of an innocent person, being terrorized to the point of being hospitalized that night, to know what it feels like to be the victim of a corrupt officer! And did I say that I do not drink alcohol, EVER!



swillis67
swillis67

@robert

You don't even have to be taking cold medicine or prescription drugs that keep you alive to be arrested for a DUI! You could have done absolutely nothing wrong at all! The problem is "An officer's word is as good as Gold, whether he is truthful or not!" While you, on the other hand, will always be guilty, because you have absolutely no say in the matter!' I discovered first hand, that bad officers have no problem lying on the bible or on their grandmothers grave in that case...if they desire to do so, and more and more of them are doing just that! My brother is a police officer, actually a sergeant, and I think the world of him and the sacrifices he makes to protect people, even at the expense of his own life!  But, I learned a very sad lesson about police officers, and that is not everyone has the integrity and honor of my brother?

swillis67
swillis67

@terri 

You don't fight alone!  I am an innocent victim, traumatized, and scared to ever drive again!  But I will never get over the injustice done to me unless I do my best to fight it!  The only problem is fighting the Police Dept, is almost impossible?  But I am still going to find a way of doing something to save the next innocent victim of living in fear of our law enforcement!  I have too, because I will never be free of my daily fear if I don't at least try to make a difference?  I think if we could just up the qualifications to become an officer we would hopefully see a lot less bad officers!  When all you need is a high school diploma (maybe even a GED), and passing some 6 month course, I don't think we are getting quality as much as quantity?  By just making the position that requires a bachelors degree in criminal justice or something along those lines... I think we would weed out a lot of the high school ...possibly losers that have some issues to settle for being bullied , made fun of etc.. and replace them with much better educated, dedicated individuals that will be better candidates to such a powerful position, because they are willing to make the commitment and sacrifices involved in completing a 4 year a degree would be heading in the right direction... To give so much power to a high school level candidates is just stupidity on our part... and I think it is most definitely beginning to be a serious problem that we can't ignore! And I have nothing left to loose, I am already afraid of the law now!



swillis67
swillis67

@Jane Smith 

I'm not dumb, stupid or uneducated Mrs. Jane!  But you are so wrong on saying something you have never been faced with!  That is injustice in the hands of the people who have sworn to protect us!  It is not always pitch dark out side lady, not in Tempe, Arizona or in other well lite areas of the city!  And at times I have even had to check to make sure my lights were on because it was so bright with street lights and a full moon, that I wasn't absolutely sure!  The real problem here is not that she mistakenly didn't have her headlights on for a possible very short length of time?  It is about innocent being being victimized by a whole lot of high school only, educated police officers that have way too much power than many of them should have!  They lose sight of protecting the innocent and get caught up in the power of their positions!  It is okay for you to ridicule this woman, and probably thousands of other people like me who have been shocked by what a bad officer has the power of doing to not just me... but you as well!  They say you can never judge someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes?  Well, all I had to do was take one step, supposedly the wrong way 3 times, and I was told by one very aggravated police officer, "2 counts of DUI and your under arrest!".  I don't drink, I had just been involved in a rear end accident, my mom was hurt in my car... and I was handcuffed, totally in shock, and taken away and I still don't know why he chose me to be his victim... the DUI charges were dropped, the resisting arrest (which I didn't do), was dismissed by a county Judge, but I am anything but cleared of what happened that night?  what goes on your DMV record stays there for 10 years, If I want to drive again I have to get expensive high risk insurance for 3 years (sr22), and I have to go to an alcohol or drug screening as well per the DMV.  I was traumatized my the events of that night, was admitted to the hospital, have not driven for 17 months or do I even want to drive anymore... and to add insult to injury... I ride a bike now and was even pulled over on the bike in Mesa as well!  In my neighborhood... what the heck is that?  Am I a danger to people on my bike as well?


swillis67
swillis67

@Scott

Scott you just described my exact feeling!  My brother is a sergeant, and I have always had the up most respect for law enforcement, until the night I became the victim of an officer Mcdowell of the Mesa PD.  He also said all kinds of demeaning, ruthless, and totally unprofessional comments to me, tormenting me through an event I still don't understand why it happened?  He pushed every button he could with me even bringing in my religious beliefs to try to make me feel guilty over being involved in a car accident, which had nothing to do with drinking?  But I knew once he started talking down to me, for now reason, it was not going to turn out good!  And it didn't!  I had to be admitted into the hospital because he mentally broke me down and I just wanted to die!  It has been 17 months and I am still daily traumatized by the event from the arrest to the many court appearances!  Even though the Dui charges were dropped, and the resisting arrest (I didn't resist), was dismissed by a county Judge... I have been permanently traumatized, my perfect DMV record ruined, and I have no desire to ever drive again!  I feel, trapped, scarred, and unsafe now... and living has become a nightmare for me!  But I am going to try to find a way to advocate for this kind of abuse of power to stop, I just don't know how to do it, or where to begin?

swillis67
swillis67

@Steve 

Believe me, the less you say the better!  You have been arrested.  They no longer want or need to hear your story... I wish they would, but it doesn't work that way!  If you really want to find out how it works than drive around mesa at night, the later the better.  When you finally find an officer on the road then do some silly but not things that would be considered offenses that are ticket worthy... like changing your speed, making changes into turn lanes that you don't use your blinker for... just things that other people have posted that have been arrested for in Mesa or Gilbert?  And maybe, just maybe, you too will get pulled over by an officer like the one's we encountered.  Then try talking to them in a friendly, respectful way.  Don't be surprised it they either ignore you or tell you that they are the one's who will be doing all the talking and to just do as you are told!  Then if you really hit the jack pot, you will somehow rub them wrong, but you don't know what you did to do that?  They will have you step out of the car, and ask you if you have been drinking at all tonight?  If they start a field sobriety test on you it doesn't matter if you pass or fail you will be guilty and they will say you failed, even if you pass the breathalyzer?  They then will say you are under arrest, will handcuff you...and you will be thinking to yourself, but I didn't do anything wrong, you might not even have said more than a few words the entire time! And how could the officer do this injustice to you?  Very simple, because he can!

swillis67
swillis67

@Chris 

Chris I've been reading these comments, but I haven't read all of them yet!  But what I can tell you is we lived in Tempe for 10 years and never had any real problems with the police while living there, on McClintock and Southern.  But then we moved out to mesa, just 10 miles away and it was like night and day in so many ways!  My brother is a police officer actually a sergeant, and he is my role model even being much younger than me!  But even he could not justify what I went through with the Officer from the Mesa PD?  I won't go into details, because I already had in more recent posts, but I can tell you until you have been in our shoes, you really can't judge any of us!  I don't drink, if that helps... but I was still but through unbelievable injustice through the hands of a control happy officer, who attacked me in every way possible, and I know you probably think this is crazy, but I believed he got off on it!  I wish I could believe the way I use to for my 51 years of life... and that police officers are sworn to protect us and would never lie, I mean big time create a story that never happened, to prove their actions of ruthlessness to innocent people?  But I was the victim of just that kind of officer... and the trauma I under went sent me to the hospital b4 he could send me to jail!  The Mesa PD, has always had a bad reputation, which I heard even while living in Tempe, but I never believed I would have to experience it first hand?  The world gets more and more wicked daily, so why it so hard for you to believe our stories?  Is it because you are a police officer or related to one? 

We definitely need law enforcement, I totally agree on that!  But a lot of people with high school agrees only given too much power at their disposal that they can destroy the lives of innocent people as well as guilty?  And it happens way to much in Mesa to rack it up to coincidence?  And how do I know that the police in Mesa have a fair amount of corrupt officers?  It is because the truth alone should be able to stand on it's own to prove our guilt?  But, the officer that arrested me could basically write a book about all the horrible, unlawful, criminal behavior I exhibited and said that night, that I promise with all my heart, I did not do!  Do you know what it feels like to sit for hours in a courtroom and have to hear not just lies, but completely made up events, that I did and said that night?  And why did he do this? Simply because he could!  We have given them so much power that they are rarely questioned on their credibility, because dang they are police officers, and police don't lie! haha.... They can and do lie, and they do it very well!  I will never be the same since my arrest and even  17 months later when charges were either dropped or dismissed by the judge!  I have a label on my DMV report that I or the court system can do nothing about to erase!  I am afraid of the police now... I am afraid to ever drive again... I am still daily living through the trauma of it all!  And I pray you will never have to experience that kind of reality in your life as I and others have had to do in ours!


swillis67
swillis67

@Lonnie_Kushking @chillbertaz I was arrested after an accident where I rear ended another car.  I don't drink!  But I do take medications for depression and anxiety that I have been deemed disable with since 1995.  My medications help me to function in a normal manner so I can do things including driving.  My accident was not the cause of my medicine but my being distracted by my cell phone for just a few moments... and It should have been an car accident instead of turning into 2 counts of DUI and resisting arrest?  The DUI charges never surfaced..so they must have been dropped.  But the resisting arrest charge (which I didn't resist being arrested), was counted against me as a class 6 felony? I went to the county court and after rejecting their plea bargain of a misdemeanor twice, the case was brought b4 a judge, per the prosecutor's request, and the charges were completely dismissed!  But the whole incident has traumatized me, cost me attorney fees, my license was suspended for a year, and I have a permanent DUI charge and resisting arrest charge on my record, with the note that the charges were dismissed!  If I want my D.L. back I will have to take an alcohol drug screening & get hire risk car insurance for 3 years (SR22) for the DI ACTION? I doubt I will ever get over what happened to me that night and our complaint against the arresting officer went no where, by why should it when it was a traffic sergeant that reviewed the case, if he even did that? Have any advise?  Deana


 

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