To make a long story short, I was on my way home from work on Friday 2-25-00, officer D. Cantrell pulled me over for making a "wide turn."She thought I had smoked marijuana in the past 24 hours because my pupils appeared large, and told me to step out the vehicle. I had told her I was taking Sudafed for a cold I had at the time and asked if that could be a reason why my pupils were large. I also told her I had taken a Dexatrim earlier that morning. She ruled everything out and had no doubt in her mind that I was "stoned." She administered the Walk and Turn, One Leg Stand and the Finger to nose test and several others. I felt I had passed them all.
She then arrested me for a DUI for drugs. I took a urineanlysis at the site and was not worried about it. She kept trying to get me to admit that I smoked marijuana. Cantrell and some of the other officers kept making jokes about the situation. One of the many comments she made was, "Have you ever done crack or heroin to lose weight," talking about the fact that I had taken Dexatrim. All the officers laughed at her comment. I felt that I was harassed by officer Cantrell and the other officers that night.
On March 30, 2000 the results from the urineanlysis came back. I was tested for six drugs, including cannibas, and everything came back negative.
Cantrell never mentioned in the police report that I had taken Sudafed or that I even had a cold. She made it seem like I was walking into walls, stoned out of my mind.
I feel that officers need to have more knowledge about the effects of over the counter medication. If she didn't know, it is known that Sudafed is used to make illegal drugs, such as "crank." That could have been that reason for my dialated pupils.