An early morning drive down All American Drive on the University of Mississippi campus Sept. 8 ended up leading to Charles Sawyer’s arrest for DUI-1.The Ole Miss senior cornerback was pulled over at 1:28 last Sunday morning by UPD officer Jason Brown while driving his blue Dodge Charger at the corner of Hill and All American Drive. According to the report that was released after the EAGLE filed a request seeking additional information on the case, Sawyer ran the stop sign on Hill while turning left at a high rate of speed.
Brown states in his report that he turned on his blue lights and caught up with Sawyer’s car in the vicinity of Martindale Hall where Sawyer stopped. Sawyer provided his driver’s license and Brown asked if Sawyer had been drinking. Sawyer’s answer was no. The report then states that while Brown talked with Sawyer, he noticed his speech was slurred and that his eyes were red.
The report then states that an Officer Anderson arrived on the scene while Sawyer’s license was checked out. Sawyer was asked out of the vehicle. Brown states that he noticed Sawyer’s feet were unsteady. Sawyer was then asked again if he had been drinking and according to the report he said “No, just cranberry and vodka, I mean just cranberry juice.”
Sawyer was asked if he would take a Standarized Field Sobriety test and Sawyer agreed. Sawyer was asked if he had any physical impairments and he told Brown about the surgery on his knee. The first test offered by Brown was a Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, according to the report. Six clues were observed according to the report. The next test was the Walk and Turn. The report says the test was explained and demonstrated and then administered.
According to the report, Sawyer started the test too soon, he used his arms for balance, he missed heal to toe, he stepped off the line and did an improper turn. The next test offered, according to the report, was the One Leg Stand. Brown says he observed Sawyer using his arms for balance and putting his foot down.
A preliminary breath test was agreed to as well. The test showed the presence of alcohol, according to the report. Sawyer was then handcuffed and placed in another officer’s car. There were others with Sawyer but they were not taken into custody and instead walked away from the scene.
Sawyer was then taken to the Lafayette County Detention Center where he was offered the Intoxilyzer 8000. The observation began at 1:55 that morning, according to the report. Sawyer was read his pre-test rights and asked if he wanted to give a breath sample. He said yes, according to the report. His first sample was taken at 2:19 and the second sample was taken at 2:21. His blood-alcohol limit was 0.12. The legal BAC limit for drivers over the age of 21 in the state of Mississippi is .08.
According to the report, Sawyer was then booked for driving under the influence, first offense and running a stop sign. He was given a court date of Sept. 24 in justice court. He stayed in the LCDC until 8 that morning. His bond was $880.
Sawyer, who missed last week’s home opener against Southeast Missouri, was not taken to Texas by coach Hugh Freeze. It is unknown if he will miss any additional games. (September 13, 2013)