El Monte, Drunk in Public Arrest (PC 647(f)), Case Not Filed
The argument became heated and a California Highway Patrol officer noticed the two arguing. The CHP officer then made a traffic stop, allegedly based on speeding.In 50 Words or Less, What Happened?: Drunk female passenger, age 24, for public intoxication (Penal Code § 647(f)), El Monte Courthouse no file after Greg Hill sends letters and discusses case with District Attorney.
When the officer spoke to the driver, our female client apologized for him, explaining that he was not fluent in English, so she would talk for him instead. Both she and her boyfriend were from China attending the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV). They were on student visas.
The officer called for backup, as he decided our client could pose a threat to the officer due to her outspoken, assertive nature. After all, the officer really wanted to speak to the driver and not our client, but our client would not let him talk at all and consequently, the officer suspected that she sought to control the answers and perhaps not tell the truth.
A back up officer arrived and took the driver aside, who did register a blood alcohol content of 0.18% and was arrested. Our client then got out of the car, ignoring the officers’ commands to stay inside for her safety, to watch the field sobriety tests being performed on her boyfriend. This stubbornness also bothered the police and to an onlooker observing the situation, one could foresee our client being arrested for something. The officers needed to “get even” for her disrespectful demeanor and conduct.
Police officers instructed our client to return to her car, but she refused. She again told police that she needed to translate the English to Chinese for her boyfriend. She then cried hysterically, saying to police it was all her fault.
Police then physically detained our client and put her in a police car. This did not stop our client’s yelling and crying. CHP officers then drove away from the DUI arrest location with our client, taking her to the West Covina police station.
Greg then wrote the El Monte District Attorney about the case and later called the office there to discuss the case. The prosecutor was appreciative of the legal issues and agreed to look into the situation further. Greg did not mention an alternate charge of disturbing the peace.