Amanda Houghton of Layton City, Utah, called 911 after she was rear-ended at a stoplight, but instead of receiving help, she was arrested for DUI and subjected to a body search that she didn’t consent to.
While the cops did have a reason to suspect she was under the influence of either alcohol or narcotics (she failed the field sobriety test), it turns out she was just in shock after being hit at about 30 mph (48 km/h).
“I was shocked. Who arrests a sober person for DUI?” she said, while her lawyer added that “I don’t believe they should have administered the field sobriety tests at all in this case. I think this amounted to an unconstitutional search of a woman without a necessity to do so.”
Safe to say, Amanda is now pursuing legal action against the city of Layton, as reported by KUTV, though surprisingly DUI and resisting arrest charges have yet to be dropped despite blood tests proving she wasn’t under the influence of any substance.
The police report stated that she exhibited odd behavior and gave “short quick answers to questions and she was speaking rapidly. Amanda was unable to stand still and seemed to be making jerky movements.”
“That’s standard practice. Anytime someone gets arrested they are going to be searched,” explained Lt Travis Lyman while standing up for his officers.
Do you think the police had grounds for an arrest or was this another abusive case that also included an unconstitutional search?