Back in May, Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Ed Oliver was arrested for DUI. I blogged about the arrest and posted some arrest video over here.
It now turns out that Oliver took and passed a breath test with a result showing zero alcohol in his system. After his arrest, Oliver went and took a blood test on his own. The blood test showed no drugs or alcohol in his system.
As a result the case was dropped.
From ABC 13:
The athlete was arrested in May on FM 242 near Patton Village on misdemeanor counts of DWI and unlawfully carrying a weapon after authorities say a pistol was found in his vehicle.
Oliver’s attorney, Gary Patterson, told ABC13 on Wednesday his client’s blood results came back and showed he had nothing in his system when he was pulled over and underwent a field sobriety test.
Patterson claims the deputies had absolutely no grounds to arrest Oliver.
He adds the gun charge will automatically be dismissed because the DWI charge was dropped and said it’s not illegal to have a weapon if Oliver wasn’t committing another crime.
Oliver spoke to reporters. From the Democrat and Chronicle:
“I’m not sure how you get arrested with nothing in your system. Honestly, I don’t know,” said Oliver, who explained that the beer can that was found in the door of the truck was actually being used as a spit can for tobacco juice.
“I think I got a little frustrated when I took the Breathalyzer test and he was like, ‘It came back .000, but I still think you’re intoxicated,’” Oliver recalled. “And I was like, ‘Bro, I’m just tired, I just want to go home.’ He said, ‘No, you gotta come with us.’
“I just got a little frustrated because he wasn’t understanding what I was saying, I guess, or he didn’t want to understand. There was nothing you could do at that point, just one of those things in your life you’ve gotta go through.”
Oliver’s arrest occurred a little more than a week before George Floyd died at the hands – or more accurately the knee – of Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, an incident that has touched off widespread protesting of police brutality and racial profiling.
When he was asked whether his being a Black man might have had something to do with his arrest, he did not pull any punches.
“Well, I’m not sure, but to be honest in Montgomery County, they have a no-refusal law so you can’t tell them, ‘No I don’t want to go to jail,’” he said. “That’s how it was explained to me so I don’t know. Maybe so, but the law in Montgomery County, I would hope to believe that whatever color you are, you’re going to jail. I was on the way to my house and not expecting to be arrested. You never know, you can be doing anything and life could just hit you.”