Drunken driving suspect does splits during traffic stop

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Drunken driving suspect does splits during traffic stop

DETROIT – When police pulled over a man, they expected to see whether he was driving under the influence, not gymnastic moves.

Sterling Heights police attempted to conduct a field sobriety test on Michael Axelson, 53, of Madison Heights, Michigan. To prove he was not intoxicated, he did splits. 

Lt. Mario Bastianelli said officers pulled over a white van at 1:15 a.m. Sept. 19. 

In a dashcam video from police, one of the officers greets Axelson at the driver’s side window and asks him whether he has a license or an ID. The man admits he has neither. 

“How much have you had to drink tonight?” the officer asks. 

“Not enough where I shouldn’t be driving, sir,” Axelson says. 

He then becomes incoherent, unable to answer the officer’s question about where he was coming from. 

After getting Axelson’s name and date of birth, the two officers have him get out of the van. 

“You think you’re in any condition to do some field sobriety tests for me real quick?” one of them asks Axelson. 

“If you want me to, I will,” Axelson said. 

The officer orders him to walk in a straight line. He asks Axelson whether he has any leg injuries.

“I don’t think so, I can go like this,” he says, breaking out into a split.

“That’s very impressive,” one of the officers says. 

After several attempts to take a Breathalyzer test, Axelson tested more than three times over the legal limit, WDIV-TV reported

Axelson was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license. This was his eighth suspected drunken driving incident. 

Axelson was released on a $5,000 bond. https://news.yahoo.com/suspected-drunken-driver-does-splits-154856933.html

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