December 12, 2019
What is a portable breath test also known as a PBT? Does anyone know? A portable breath test is not the legal breath test taken in association with a DUI arrest. As the name would suggest, it is a portable unit about the size of your hand that officers can use to test for the presence of alcohol in the field. They give us a ball-park reading as to your blood-alcohol content, but are not exact. We calibrate them monthly to make sure they are as close to accurate as they can be, but if you are unlucky enough to be arrested for DUI, your "legal" breath test will be done on a bigger, more accurate machine in the jail. Now you know.
19120963: On December 12, 2019, at about 12:18 a.m., Officer C. Smith made a traffic stop on a vehicle. When he contacted the driver, he thought the driver might be under the influence of alcohol. He was about to go off-duty, so Corporal P. Smith took over the investigation. Have you noticed we seem to have a lot of Smith's? We have three and it gets confusing, not to mention having to type the first initial for all of them is annoying. Regardless, Corporal P. Smith did field sobriety testing and the driver did poorly. He administered a portable breath test, which resulted in a reading of .22%, confirming his belief the man and been driving his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. As a result, the 29 year old Jackson, WY man was arrested for DUI.
19120990: On December 12, 2019, at about 10:30 a.m., RO White responded to a report of…you guessed it…Collision Hit & Run. We need to find her other crimes to investigate. Unfortunately, we don't get to pick most of the time. We just have to take what comes at us. In this case, the victim alleged a vehicle collided with hers while on Maple Way in the area of Picnic. The victim followed the vehicle for a short distance and got the license plate. It looks like RO White is still working on the report, so we can't tell you how it was resolved, but she is on the case.
19121028: On December 12, 2019, Corporal P. Smith responded to a report of Found Property. The wallet was found at Kmart and he is working to contact the owner, a Ryan Smith. Hey, look, another Smith! Their all over the place. Come collect your wallet Mr. Smith.
19121046: On December 12, 2019, at about 9:31 p.m., Corporal P. Smith saw a man staggering along the sidewalk on West Broadway fall over. He was concerned for the man and slowed to stop and check on the man. The man appeared to have difficulty standing up and when he finally did, staggered into the street without waiting for traffic to stop. Corporal P. Smith immediately turned his lights on to warn vehicle traffic of the hazard and then attempted to contact the man. The man fell a couple of more times and walked into traffic again before he could make contact. When he finally did, he found the man to be intoxicated. We're not surprised, but it could also have been a medical condition. You never know and shouldn't begin any investigation with assumptions not supported with fact. Corporal P. Smith asked a few questions to see if he could get the man home. The man could provide his address, but didn't know how to get there because he was so intoxicated. He told the officer he had drank too much and was too intoxicated to care for his own needs. Corporal P. Smith didn't see another viable option, so arrested the 27 year old Jackson, WY man for Public Intoxication. He provided a portable breath test of a .25% at the time of arrest and a .30% at the jail. That's pretty drunk. So drunk that the jail required him to get medically evaluated before booking.
That's if for yesterday, Jackson. Happy Friday!