Stephanie Harrigan Then, According To Police, Made An Officer Wipe Her Nose.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Boca Raton woman is facing a DUI property damage charge after allegedly smashing her Mercedes into a Honda in the 5900 Block of North Federal Highway in Boca Raton.
In his police report, Boca Raton Officer Javier Casas — who we are officially nicknaming “Officer DUI” for the number of DUI arrests he makes — writes that Stephanie Harrigan of Lake Park Road admitted to drinking two Martinis at Lionfish Bar in Delray before the crash January 13th crash.
“Harrigan claimed that she had not consumed any drugs or smoked any marijuana today, however, she did confess to consuming two martinis at a bar in Delray Beach called Lionfish,” wrote Officer Casas. “While walking next to Harrigan, I observed that she drifted from side to side during her few steps, and I observed the odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage emanating from her breath despite having gum in her mouth and being downwind from me. The odor became more noticeable when Harrigan spit out her gum and was overwhelmingly strong when I stood downwind from her.”
Harrigan, according to the report, had issues with multiple field sobriety tests, then demanded that an officer wipe her nose as a condition of providing a breath sample.
“Harrigan was asked to provide a sample of her breath for the purpose of determining the alcohol content. Harrigan refused to provide a breath sample. I then informed Harrigan of implied consent and she stated she did not understand because she had snot coming out of her nose. It should be noted that I could see that Harrigan did not have anything coming out of her nose at the time. Harrigan was informed of implied consent a second time and she claimed that she would submit to a breath test if I wiped her nose. According to Harrigan, this was the only thing stopping her from being willing to provide a breath sample. Based on Harrigan’s claim, I retrieved a piece of paper towel and wiped her nose. It should be noted that the paper towel was clean and dry even after I wiped her nose and Harrigan blew her nose into it. I then asked Harrigan to provide a breath sample for the purpose of determining its alcohol content and Harrigan once again refused to submit.”
Harrigan was booked into the Palm Beach County jail and later released on her own recognizance. A court date is pending.
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