Lincoln County Commissioner Terry Thompson: “I may have been arrested for drunk driving, but they have no evidence I was drunk. I’m a tee-totaler and I don’t abuse drugs.”
Lincoln County Commissioner Terry Thompson said he drove to Port Dock One late Friday night on a request that he give someone a ride home. He said, upon arrival, he found out the man had already gotten a ride home. Thompson said he got back in his car and began driving home. But quickly he said he had a police car’s flashing lights in his rear-view mirror. He so pulled over. Thompson said the officer admonished him for not using his turn signal, but then ordered him to step out of his car after which he put him through a DUII field sobriety test. The officer said Thompson failed it, including an eye nystagmus test. The officer charged him for driving under the influence.
Thompson said he was taken to the Lincoln County Jail where he was booked for DUII. He was given a breath test which came up zero for alcohol. However he was asked to give a urine sample, which he did. Upon his release Thompson said he traveled to North Lincoln Hospital where he had another certified urine test performed, for which he is still awaiting the results.
Thompson said he has been a tee-totaler for many years and that he does not abuse drugs although he does take one medication under prescription from a doctor that should not contribute to any intoxication behaviors. Thompson said the field sobriety test he was given was not easy for a 66 year old man and added “I defy anyone my age who can pass that test perfectly.”
Under normal procedures, those who show no test results of alcohol intoxication are routinely given either a blood or urine test; a urine test mostly for the sake of convenience. Thompson said “They shouldn’t find anything in my urine either, that’s why I got a second test in a certified hospital.”
District Attorney Rob Bovett said he had not seen any of the paperwork associated with the story, but it is standard procedure for his office that if a DUII or other important legal case involves a local elected official, or even an appointed one, the case is immediately turned over to another county’s district attorney for review and prosecution, if it is warranted.