EXCLUSIVE: NFL star Lawrence Taylor – Demands DUI Charge Be Thrown Out, Accuses Florida Law Enforcement of Messy Breathalyzer Tests
The Dirty can exclusively reveal NFL star Lawrence Taylor is attempting to have his DUI charges thrown out of court … accusing Florida law enforcement of allowing breathalyzer tests to be performed by a non-certified operator and thus he believes the results showing a .084 BAC should be found inadmissible.
Back in September, Taylor was arrested and booked for DUI in Florida after he allegedly crashed his Bentley into a police cruiser and mobile home around 5pm. According to reports, he was driving in Palm Beach Gardens when he lost control of his luxury car and hit the two cars. Law enforcement arrived to the scene and began to question Taylor on how much he had to drink.
Taylor responded, “Apparently too much”. The police noted in their report that he reeked of alcohol and cigars, had bloodshot eyes and wasn’t steady on his feet. He would blow a .084 during a breathalyzer test 5 hours after the crash.
He was arrested after he failed field sobriety tests at the scene.
The NFL star pleaded not guilty to the DUI charges and is facing up to 2 years in jail if convicted. A pretrial hearing has been set for next month in Florida Court. Then on February 2nd, Taylor filed a motion to suppress the breathalyzer evidence and/or dismiss this cause accusing him of having a BAC higher than .08.
He argues that the breath test operator, Pamela Dorsey, in this cause was no employed by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office at the time she performed the breath test … pointing out her certification to perform such tests became inactive in July 2016 due to her failing to meet mandatory retraining requirements.
Taylor claims the test results are inadmissible due to the operator not being certified to perform the breathalyzer tests on him. He also argues the 2 tests he gave had readings of .082 and .084 but the machine has a margin of error of .005 which he believes means the real results could be .077 or .079, which would be under the legal limit.
He is demanding the charge of driving with a higher BAC of .08 be dismissed and the state only be allowed to proceed in this case on the charge of impaired driving.