Originally Posted by Ataturk
I didn't say you had to take your sunglasses off if the cop asked
you to. But if he gives you an actual order to do it, you're on shaky ground at best if you refuse.
When someone says to take your glasses off while he's talking to you that's not what I'd call a "lawful order." Seems to me he was just doing the prick cop power thing and we all know he was attempting to gather or manufacture PC. He failed right off the bat with the lane change thing, given my explanation and the fact my wife was a witness to my signaling, and was just trying to fuck with my head and rattle my chain. Once he failed with the lane change is when he started asking me to take off my sunglasses. When he escalated right to threats of a roadside sobriety, and would not answer my question of if I was being detained or not, I figured if I continued to be polite and firm I would be on my way in a couple of minutes. I'm glad he didn't ask me if I had been drinking though as I'm sure my refusal to answer that question might have made the prick get me to blow.
SR, .08 in my state but there's something about if a cop thinks you're impaired even under that you can get in trouble. There's no way I would have blown more than about .02-.03 but I was not taking my chances with this prick unless he actually made me blow. Not a chance I was going to let him roadside me to say that even though my BA was legal I was showing physical signs of being impaired, as in his judgement, I failed some or all of the field.
FWIW I've practiced the balance on one foot and the walk the line and pivot/turn. I can do both flawlessly when I'm totally shit faced.