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Portland Timbers Players Arrested for DUI

Two Portland Timbers players were arrested for DUI in Clackamas County on Monday October 24th, 2016. Liam Ridgewell (on left in photo) is the team's captain, 32 years old, and from England. Jake Gleeson (on right in photo) is the team's goalkeeper, 26 years old, and from New Zealand. The story was first reported on KATU and then picked up by OregonLive. Portland Timbers DUI Details It appears that Jake Gleeson's BMW reported the crash electronically to local law enforcement by means of the BMW Accident Management System after his airbag deployed. Officers from the Lake Oswego Police Department responded at around 10:30 p.m. to the intersection of Pilkington Road and Willow Lane, and found that Gleeson's vehicle had been rear-ended by another vehicle driven by Makenzie Varaniclapp. She was apparently contacted later, found to be uninjured, and was not cited for DUI herself. Prior to police arrival, Gleeson had called Ridgewell to assist, and both were found to be under the influence of intoxicants. Both Players Failed the DUI Sobriety Tests From preliminary reports, it appears both players agreed to voluntary field sobriety tests. They had a right to decline the tests, and they should have (see our page, "Should I refuse DUI tests in Oregon?"). Oregon uses three Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (abbreviated as SFSTs) and they are considered to be a search (similar to a police officer searching your pockets, purse, car, or even your house). You have a right to decline the SFSTs tests, and you typically should. The tests are nearly impossible to perform without error-- even if you haven't had a drop of alcohol to drink. Both Players Refused the DUI Breath Test It appears that both players declined a breath test after their arrest. DUI breath tests in Oregon are conducted with the Intoxilyzer 8000 and a refusal to [...]

By | 2016-12-28T12:49:03+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Defense, DUI|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Portland Timbers Players Arrested for DUI