Most police agencies in Michigan use dash cams to record citizen interactions. This means that if you’ve been arrested for DUI or
Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) in Michigan, there is an excellent chance that a dash-cam video exists.
Every drunk driving arrest is different, and not every video recording is the same. However, this arrest video may capture all the interaction you had with police, beginning with an audio of the officer’s first words to you as you were sitting in your car after being stopped. Next, the video may show you stepping out of the car and then walking to the rear and waiting for the officer to give you instructions on the field sobriety tests. If the officer asked you to state the alphabet, count backwards, pick a number, etc., then your responses to these requests may also be captured on the audio portion of the video recording. Also, it may be possible to determine how well you performed on the walk and turn and the one leg stand exercises. Finally, a careful observation of the video recording will allow your attorney to determine if the officer followed his or her training regarding these tests, and particularly, if the officer properly administered the horizonal gaze nystagmus test (DUI eye test).