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A Man Stopped For Speeding Admits To Drinking Beer Before Driving

By Travis Uresk


Uintah County, Ut.


On Sunday at approximately 3:00 p.m., Trooper Ryan was patrolling SR-40 when a black SUV traveling at a high rate of speed appeared. The Trooper received a strong Doppler tone from his radar and locked the speed at 96 MPH in a 65 MPH zone.

Trooper Ryan showed the locked speed on his body cam and pulled the vehicle over at milepost 125 in Gusher. The Trooper walked up to the passenger side and saw one male occupant. The male was sitting on his seat belt, and the seat belt was buckled behind him.

The driver stated he didn't have a driver's license because it was revoked. He identified himself as 39-year-old Clifton Blake Crawford. Trooper Ryan could smell a strong odor of alcohol emitting from the vehicle and asked if there was anything illegal inside his vehicle. Clifton stated he had a couple of open containers on the passenger seat.

Clifton was asked how much he had to drink, and he stated about four beers a few hours ago. Clifton is an alcohol-restricted person and must have an ignition interlock installed, but there wasn't one installed in his vehicle.

Clifton consented to field sobriety tests:

HGN: I observed a lack of smooth pursuit in both eyes, distinct and sustained nystagmus at maximum deviation in both eyes and onset of nystagmus prior to 45 degrees in both eyes for a total of six out of six clues. I observed Crawford sway back and forth throughout this test. I had to remind him multiple times to keep his head still and watch the stimulus with his eyes and his eyes only.

Walk and turn: I demonstrated and explained the test. During the instruction stage, Crawford started too early and could not keep his balance. During the first nine steps, I observed Crawford step off the line, raise his arms more than six inches, stop walking, and turn improperly. I observed six out of eight clues.

One leg stand: I explained and demonstrated the test. During the test, I observed Crawford place his foot down, sway, and raise his arms approximately six inches from his body for a total of three out of four clues.

"I asked Crawford to blow into the PBT, and he consented. The PBT showed positive for alcohol. While searching the vehicle, I observed a tall boy can of alcohol that was opened and had a drinkable amount of liquid in the can. The contents were poured out on the body cam. A criminal history check of Crawford showed he was convicted of a DUI in 2022. I transported Crawford to the hospital, where he consented to a blood draw. After the blood draw, I transported Crawford to the Uintah County Jail, where he was booked in on DUI 2nd, offense in 10 years, alcohol-restricted driver, ignition interlock required, driving on revoked, open container, speeding and failure to wear a seatbelt. All charges were submitted to 8th District Court-Vernal."~Trooper Ryan

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