Sober motorist charged with drink-driving

Sober motorist charged with drink-driving

A US motorist is suing an Arizona police department for racism after being charged with driving under the influence, despite providing a negative breathalyser sample.

Ohio resident Jessie Thornton was pulled over in the town of Surprise after accidentally crossing the lane markings.
He was confronted by police officers, who told him: "I can tell you're driving DUI by looking in your eyes," reported American news network ABC15

Despite protesting to the officers that his bloodshot eyes were due to swimming, Thornton was told he was to be subjected to a sobriety test.

Though he provided a blood-alcohol level of 0.000, the unfortunate motorist was taken into custody.

A drug recognition expert was then called in to test him, who said: "I would never have arrested you, you show no signs of impairment."

Even after being subjected to arrest, and receiving the all-clear from the expert, Thornton's ordeal was not over, as he received a letter stating that his driving licence was suspended shortly after, and that he would have to attend a sobriety class in order to get it back.

He is now initiating litigation against the police force, citing that his DUI conviction was motivated by race.

"It was driving while black," Thornton said, after revealing he had been stopped 10 times in the town and given four tickets. "I just don't want any of this to happen to somebody else."

He now plans to sue the Surprise police department for $500,000.

You can watch the full news report on the incident below.

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