Suspected DUI Driver Hits LAPD Motorcycle Officer

If you’ve ever watched an episode of Cops or Live PD, then you’ve probably seen officers administering field sobriety tests. These tests are supposed to determine if a person is intoxicated. The big three tests are the three that have been established as the Standardized Field Sobriety Test by the NHTSA. These are the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, which involves the involuntary shaking of your eyes at the edges of your peripheral vision. When intoxicated, this occurs at a less steep angle. The walk and turn test is testing a person’s ability to multitask and follow directions. The final test is the one-leg standing test. This also tests ability to follow direction and balance. All three tests together are said to be 91% accurate in determining intoxication. 

KTLA reports that a woman was detained after a crash involving a LAPD motorcycle officer. An unnamed woman was being investigated for possible intoxicate following a crash in downtown Los Angeles last Friday night. 

An LAPD motorcycle officer was on routine patrol at about 8 p.m. near the corner of 14th and San Pedro Streets. The woman, who was driving a black SUV, collided with the motorcycle in the Fashion District.  Video taken from the air showed that part of the motorcycle was caught beneath the front of the SUV. Most of the bike had been pulled to the side of the road. 

The officer left the scene in an ambulance escorted by other motor officers. The officer’s injuries were not life-threatening. The driver of the SUV remained on scene and officers conducted extensive field sobriety tests. She was eventually detained. 

Officers are also still working to determine the cause of the collision. Several interviews were conducted Friday night. 

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