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Man Gets DUI: Blows Triple Zeros

Imagine driving home from the gym one day, with nothing in your system, and being pulled over for crossing a white line on the road.  The officer insists that you are impaired by alcohol or drugs, puts you in hand cuffs and brings you to jail.  That is exactly what happened to a 64-year-old man, from Surprise, AZ.  He was arrested for apparently being under the influence “of something.”

He said that the arresting officer told him he could tell he was driving under the influence (DUI) by looking at his eyes.  Thornton had been swimming at his gym prior to being pulled over and said the water makes his eyes red.  The officer made him do a field sobriety test which Thornton had a hard time doing because of a bad hip.  He was supposed to have surgery in two days.

At the station it was found that he had 0.000 blood alcohol content and the blood test showed he had no drugs in his system.  Thornton said the officer who conducted the blood test told him that he would have not arrested Thornton and that he showed no signs of impairment.

Thornton’s car has been impounded and the MVD has been notified of the DUI charge.  He said he was booked for “driving while black.”  His attorney has filed a notice of claim against the City of Surprise seeking $500,000.  Thornton says he was treated unfair and does not want this to happen to anyone else.

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