Police Files: 9/30/2020

What’s up?

An Oakland University Police officer was traveling east on Walton Blvd at 1:00 a.m. on June 26 when they spotted a black Subaru approach a stop sign and fail to come to a complete stop. The vehicle merged into the right hand lane and continued drifting onto the fog strip off the side of the road. The officer initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle pulled into the nearby gas station parking lot.

When the officer approached the vehicle and identified the driver, he rolled down his window and said “what’s up.” The officer explained why they pulled him over for erratic driving and he seemed surprised. The officer noted that the driver seemed oddly calm and at times seemed oblivious to the severity of the situation he was in. When asked about his erratic driving, he said that “somebody was like following me again and again.” The officer explained that they had been following him. He replied “I went to this lane and somebody came to this lane; then if I went to that lane somebody went to that lane.”

The officer administered a field sobriety test, and the driver did not complete the required tests. He was handcuffed and taken to OUPD and a drug expert was asked to analyze his symptoms, as the officer doing the arrest was unfamiliar with the symptoms and the odor of the intoxicants they thought they observed. The specialist was unable to identify anything in particular, and blood work was done to discover if there were any intoxicants in the driver. The reports later came back negative. The driver was released to a family member.