A man deemed too impaired by a Puyallup officer to safely walk the line for a sobriety test early Tuesday morning told police he “didn’t have anything to lose,” spokesman Scott Engle said.
Engle gave this account of the traffic stop and arrest that followed:
The adult suspect was pulled over about 1:30 a.m. near East Pioneer Avenue and state Route 512 for failing to signal, an improper stop and other traffic violations.
An officer tried to conduct field sobriety tests, but decided it wasn’t safe for the man to walk on his own, and instead took the suspect to jail to measure his blood alcohol content.
“He said he had just done 29 months for prior DUIs and had nothing to lose, and wasn’t going to cooperate,” Engle said. “He already had DUI problems and he really didn’t care.”
It was the suspect’s fifth DUI arrest in 10 years, Engle said.
The man was booked into jail for investigation of driving under the influence, as well as for driving on a suspended license.
According to police, the man should have had an interlock ignition device in the car to measure his alcohol content, but didn’t.