Color me surprised.
(LOS ANGELES) Shia LaBeouf will not be charged with drunken driving for his involvement in a traffic accident that badly injured his hand, but could have his license suspended because sheriff's officials said he refused a breathalyzer test. There was "insufficient evidence" to charge LaBeouf with drunken driving, Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said Thursday. She said prosecutors are mulling charges against two other people involved in the July collision, but could not provide further details. "Shia is most happy that he will not have to go to court," said his attorney, Michael Norris. LaBeouf was arrested July 27 after an early morning crash that injured his hand and sent him to a hospital for several days. Sheriff's deputies said later that LaBeouf was not at fault in the accident, which occurred in West Hollywood. The "Transformers" actor faces a traffic hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles that could see his driver's license suspended for up to nine months, Los Angeles Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said Thursday. That hearing was scheduled for Friday. But Norris said he doubts the hearing will take place then, and doesn't think the actor will lose his license. "I anticipate that once we do have the opportunity to litigate the matter at the DMV that his license will not be suspended," Norris said. The DMV hearing is not a court hearing and is not open to the public, Norris said. Whitmore reiterated what police said the day after the crash: that LaBeouf showed signs of being impaired the morning of the crash, but refused a breathalyzer test. "The physical signs led to the arrest," Whitmore said, adding that the department respects the district attorney's decision. A spokeswoman for LaBeouf had no comment Thursday. The crash occurred during a busy summer for LaBeouf, who costarred in the fourth installment of the "Indiana Jones" films and was filming a "Transformers" sequel. DA: LaBeouf won't be charged in crash | Newsweek Entertainment | Newsweek.com
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I always think it's super suspicious when someone refuses a breathalyzer test.
I was pulled over once at midnight because the cop thought I was drunk. He came up to my car and was asking me questions (did you drink, where are you going, why are driving that way) and I swore I hadn't been drinking and said I had no problem taking any tests. He let me go with a warning because I didn't appear/smell drunk at all.
My bet is that Shia had been drinking that night and was afraid he would be charged with a DUI if the alcohol level hadn't gone down.
What's the point of having breathalyzers if it's practically voluntary?! American laws make no sense to me, sometimes...
In Australia, if someone tried to refuse a breath test they can be arrested without warrant and forced to undergo a breath or blood test.
I see a quick career and a bad end for this one.
I won't defend Shia on this one. He is turning out to be an irresponsible douche.
On the breathalyzer, I can understand why some jurisdictions allow refusal. I watched a woman be convicted of DUI about ten years ago and she blew at least ten percent under the legal limit, which her attorney pointed out. Even subsequent tests failed to reach the legal limit. Her physical roadside test was caught on camera. The officers involved failed her, but the video showed no reason she should have failed.
The police officers, who are known to be as shady as they come, made some lame excuses to the equally shady judge, and she was convicted, after blowing under the legal limit several times. One test came back at half the legal limit. That area has long been accused of unethical behavior involving DUI cases, since they did have one of the highest fines in the state for that offense.
If I had had even one drink twelve hours before, in this area, I would absolutely fucking refuse the breathalyzer so they would have to take me to the the independent testing facility for a blood test. Suspiciously, when people began doing just that, the level of convictions dropped.
I fucking hate this bitch now for getting away with it! Fucker.
A judge from one of those court shows was on a morning show a few years back and he said that anyone can refuse to take the test. If you know that you're going to fail it, don't take it. The worse that can happen to you is that you'll lose your license. If you take it and fail, you have to face DUI charges and a big fine.
I thought I remember hearing news that the other driver was actually more drunk than Shia, but there were so many rumors going on at that time so who knows.
As for the physical tests, back injuries, nerve injuries, and other physical injuries can produce the same results seen with inebriated test subjects.
A lawyer called into the show while the judge was on and said that he tells his clients if they are ever pulled over, for whatever reason, to refuse to take the test.
Didn't Lindsay Lohan refuse to take a test too when she was pulled over?
Shia's just beginning his Trainwreck Trilogy. There will be many other DUIs & arrests in his future.
The examples you gave are case where you MIGHT get a false reading from the test. The poster that I was quoting said the lawyer indicated if YOU KNOW you are going to fail the test. The lawyer didn't say to refuse testing altogether, in case you might get a false reading, it was if you KNEW you would fail sobriety, i.e., if you know you're drunk, refusing the test can help you prevent harsher legal problems.
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