As a criminal defense lawyer I am often asked if stopped for DWI in Texas, whether one should submit to a breath test or the field sobriety (drunk) tests. If there was a debate, the debate is officially over.
Hutchison and Hansford County District Attorney Clay Ballman pulled a drunk driving hit and run a few nights ago. After running away from the scene of his drunk driving accident, he was apprehended by Borger police. The DA's car was found by police abandoned on a residential road in Borger shortly after his vehicle was involved in a collision.
When given an opportunity to follow the implied consent law he has sworn to uphold, Mr. Ballman refused to give a specimen of his breath. He also refused all field sobriety tests. Folks, if the District Attorney doesn't rely on these test when it comes to his freedom, why should anyone else? That should tell you all you need to know about the reliability of these "tests."
Here's the kicker. Apparently, the local police could not clean this one up like they did before. Mr. Ballman was allegedly pulled over for DWI about a year ago and was let go. Of course, the video has been destroyed; ooops!!