While most DUI arrests do not make the news unless someone is killed or seriously injured, cases involving the arrest of a celebrity or politician always seem to be in the headlines. According to a recent news report from AL.com, the Alabaster police have just arrested Alabama State Senator Cam Ward in connection with alleged drunk driving.
Police say they received a report about a suspicious vehicle traveling Highway 119. Officers responded to the report and caught up with suspect a few minutes after they were dispatched. When the officer pulled over suspect, he was identified as Ward. At this point, arresting officer said he spoke with Ward and noticed signs of intoxication. Arresting officer than asked Ward to perform a series of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs), and the officer determined Ward failed all three tests. After determining Ward had failed the SFSTs, arresting officer placed him under arrest and took him to the police station on suspicion of DUI.
When Alabaster police took him to their station, they booked and processed him and transported him to the Shelby County Jail, where he was held on $1,000 cash bond. He was able to post bond once at the jail, and police took him back to the station in Alabaster, where they released him with a court date.
Following his release, the 44-year-old state senator read from a prepared statement and refused to take any questions from reporters present at city hall during his press conference. In his statement, Ward apologized for his actions that resulted in him being arrested for DUI.
He said that he failure to deal with stress led him to make what he called incredibly reckless decisions. He said he recognized he was using alcohol as a crutch. He apologized to his friends, family, and his voters and said he will seek professional help do deal with the issue. It should be noted, despite his detailed apology, Ward is still presumed innocent unless and until he is found guilty in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt.
As our Birmingham DUI defense attorneys understand, Ward is a member of the Alabama state Judiciary Committee and is recognized for his efforts to overhaul the state's overcrowded prison system. He has advocated that locking people up and throwing away the key doesn't work any better than letting everyone out of jail. He is pushing for improvements in living conditions at prisons coupled with increased rehabilitation programs.
When checking Ward's background, the news team responsible for the article found Ward had two speeding tickets in 1997 and 2007. While this should not affect his case in any major way, if you have anything similar on your record, it is important to let your lawyer know. He will be a much better position to deal with the situation if he knows of your complete history of criminal charges, whether the arrest results in a conviction or not.
Alabaster police arrest state Sen. Cam Ward after receiving drunken-driver report, July 8, 2015, AL.com