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    March 06, 2007



    In this, is it not the police officer's responsibility to detain the individual for safety reasons. The obviously impaired driver could not maintain his lane of travel therfore posing a substantial risk to other motorist. Whether the driver was intoxicated and/or impaired has nothing to do with the reason for the initial stop. As it appears to me, upon initial contact with the driver, the officer had a reasonable belief that the driver was intoxicated therfore calling for assistance on a State Trooper for further investigation.

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