Officers Testify Barry Was Driving While Intoxicated

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Officers Testify Barry Was Driving While Intoxicated


Byline: Arlo Wagner, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A breath test indicated that D.C. Council member Marion Barry was not intoxicated, but Secret Service officers testified yesterday that he smelled like he was and appeared to be intoxicated.

Mr. Barry, 71, went on trial yesterday in D.C. Superior Court on charges of driving while under the influence, operating a vehicle while impaired, operating an unregistered vehicle and misuse of temporary tags.

Officer Marie Walford said Mr. Barry failed a field sobriety test but passed a breath test for his blood-alcohol content - registering a .02 - at 5:18 a.m. Sept. 10, about three hours after he was arrested. He then refused a urine test when officers were concerned that the breath test didn't reflect what they thought was his impaired state.

The breath test doesn't detect drugs or medications, Officer Walford said.

"He indicated he had a little" to drink, Officer Walford recalled, but "he had a hard time being balanced, holding his feet together."

Officer Ryan Monteiro said he saw Mr. Barry stop his car at a green light, drive through a red light and put the 1995 Chevrolet Camaro in reverse on a one-way street near the White House. The officer said he made a traffic stop at that point and smelled a strong odor of alcohol.

"I believed at the time he was intoxicated," he said.

The windows on the driver's side were rolled down at first, but when Officer Monteiro walked up to the driver, they were rolled up to about 2 inches from the top. …

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