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Utah Cop Arrests Shaken but Sober Car Crash Victim for DUI

The officer thought Amanda Houghton's unsteadiness was suspicious enough to justify handcuffs and a chest pat-down.

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KUTV

"Who arrests a sober person for DUI?" asks Amanda Houghton in an interview with KUTV, the CBS station in Salt Lake City. Police in Layton City, Utah, that's who.

A dashcam video shows a police officer handcuffing Houghton and feeling around her breasts after she failed a roadside sobriety test, which she provoked by calling for help after her car was rear-ended at a traffic light. "Don't touch me!" says Houghton, recoiling from the chest pat-down. "I can search you," says the cop, "and that's what I'm doing."

As Lt. Travis Lyman explained to KUTV, the officer was right about that. "It may have caught her off guard," Lyman said, but "she was under arrest, and that's standard practice. Anytime somebody gets arrested, they're gonna be searched."

And why was Houghton under arrest? Is it a crime to be the victim of a rear-end collision? Only if it really upsets you.

In his report on the incident, Officer Galen Schatzman said that when he encountered Houghton she gave "short quick answers to questions and she was speaking rapidly." She was "unable to stand still and seemed to be making jerky movements." The cop in the video (who may or may not be Schatzman) tells Houghton, "Your balance is really poor, and you have other physical characteristics which are indicative of a controlled substance." Houghton says she was simply shaken up by the crash, which bruised her and totaled her car. Tests found no traces of alcohol or other drugs in her blood.

The sobriety tests that Houghton failed, including walking toe to heel and turning, are not reliable indicators of impairment by drugs or alcohol because officers may not administer or assess them properly and because performance can be affected by factors other than intoxication, such as physical disability and emotional upset. "I don't believe they should have administered the field sobriety tests at all in this case," Houghton's criminal defense attorney told KUTV. The civil attorney she hired to pursue legal action against the city argues that the pat-down "amounted to an unconstitutional search."

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124 responses to “Utah Cop Arrests Shaken but Sober Car Crash Victim for DUI

  1. “I like da purty civies, I does. Must needs check titties for weapons.”

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    2. Alt-Text should read:

      *Honk honk*

  2. “Don’t touch me!” says Houghton, recoiling from the chest pat-down. “I can search you,” says the cop, “and that’s what I’m doing.”

    *looks at picture*

    Yeah, that’s not all he was doing.

    1. Cops can feel up any girl they want if they just use a bullshit pretext to place her under arrest first. The most important thing is that officer McBoobgrab went home safely after his shift.

      1. …after jerking off in his patrol car and a few drinks with his fellow officers telling the story, he did.

      2. Coulda been worse; at least he didn’t grab her by the pussy.

        1. How does one grab negative space? ^_-

          1. “The meathook”

          2. Two in the pink, one in the stink?

    2. Looked legit to me. I’m pretty sure that all law enforcement textbooks define the standard procedure for conducting pat downs as, “Start with the tits.”

  3. “I can search you,” says the cop, “and that’s what I’m doing.”

    DONALD TRUMP MADE IT OKAY.

    1. “I’ve gotta use some tic tacs, just in case I decide to pull her over . You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful motorists – I just start groping their breasts while pretending to search them. It’s like a magnet. Just grab. I don’t even wait.”

      “And when you’re a cop they let you do it. You can do anything.”

      “Whatever you want. Grab them by the tits. You can do anything.”

      1. ^^Sadly, this^^

      2. Damn you. Should have scanned the comments before I posted. Oh well, that’s what I get for working while H&R’ing.

      3. Maybe Trump is the right candidate for Utah.

  4. The civil attorney she hired to pursue legal action against the city argues that the pat-down “amounted to an unconstitutional search.”

    The current U.S. Supreme Court disagrees.

    1. *Scalia starts spinning faster than Johnny Weir’s wildest imaginations*

    2. ‘Just looking for probable cause Captain.’

      ‘Well be sure to check both boobs.’

      Supreme Court rubbing one out – ‘Works for us.’

  5. Long Tall Sally.

  6. Shhhhhh. Shush now. We’re here to help you.

  7. Government is the word for the tits we all choose to grope together.

  8. “…short quick answers to questions…”

    Failure to show sufficient respect.

    1. And if she’d seemed “too calm”, that would have been suspicious, too.

  9. In fairness to the cop, he performed the search in full view of his dash cam, probably by protocol. If he’d really want to grab its motherfucking leg her by the pussy he’d have gone around behind the cruiser.

    1. Or he knows no one will care what he does.

    2. I know I’ll catch flak for it, but in all honesty if you’re going to search a woman you’re probably going to start there because that’s the place women love to hide things. Credit cards, cash, or a small amount of narcotics? Yeah, they’ll stuff those things there precisely because:

      A) It’s a taboo place that they hope the (probably male) cop won’t search.

      B) It’s literally a giant pocket on your front, and it’s pretty easy to quickly hide things there.

      Go out drinking with a group of women sometime and you’ll a lot of people reaching into their bra’s to pay for drinks. True story. (At least you will here in Texas.)

      Obviously, the cop was a prick for giving a field sobriety test to someone that was just involved in an accident that was almost certainly not her fault. Over zealous much? Much too much. Not saying he didn’t like it, but it also happens to be a good idea since it’s a common contraband hiding place. (Although there are, obviously, ‘better’ female hiding places that they won’t search until they’re booked into jail.)

      In other words, my takeaway is that he’s a dumbass but not necessarily a perv who arrests women just to grope them.

      1. Start there? No. Search there? Probably. Obviously this is assuming that the search is reasonable in the first place.

        The woman isn’t likely to grab a weapon or a baggie from her bra while she’s handcuffed behind her back. If you begin your search at a private area, you should expect an anti-grope response. If you begin somewhere else, you are setting the precedent that you are conducting a search instead of a grope. Pockets and waistline are reasonable places to start. He went straight for the chest. As I watched the video, I thought I was about to see a full grope. He came in with an open hand just off the breast, looked like he was about to grab a handful, and then went with the thumb up the cleavage.

        I agree he’s a dumbass. Perv is debatable. Either way, the whole situation was wrong from the start.

  10. Honestly, I’m surprised she wasn’t charged with resisting arrest and assault on a police officer for trying to stop him from groping her.

    1. Don’t forget the taser.

    2. She was charged with resisting arrest. Neither that charge nor the DUI charge has been dropped.

      http://kutv.com/news/local/wom…..called-911

  11. Would (pat her down).

  12. Don’t be so hard on the guy, she could have nipple guns installed. I saw those in a movie, once.

    1. Ah, Austin Powers. Such a great documentary on British spy agencies through the 1960s and 1970s.

      1. You can never be too careful with Fembots.

    2. +1 Machine gun jubblies

  13. As a utah resident i can say that Layton police are some of the worst. They arrested a kid for ‘tampering’ with a cops drink, but have no evidence for it.

      1. The Ukena family is also thinking about filing a lawsuit against the Layton Police Department.

        Bleed, baby, bleed.

        1. I hope the kid bankrupts the city.

      2. They were all ready to get on camera and profess this kid as guilty when they arrested him.

        Now that he’s been cleared, even after his life was nearly ruined (and he received death threats), they ain’t talking.

        I wish that was surprising.

    1. +1 Liter of Cola

        1. Double baco cheeseburger. It’s for a cop.

    2. He wanted a god-damn litre of cola!

  14. “Your balance is really poor, and you have other physical characteristics which are indicative of a controlled substance.” Houghton says she was simply shaken up by the crash, which bruised her and totaled her car.

    She dared to contradict him? That right there guaranteed repercussions of some sort.

  15. The cop needs to be fired

    1. . . . from a cannon

      1. …into a woodchipper.

        1. ….on the sun.

          1. … Sun cannon!

  16. “Hmmm. This person is clearly shaken up. Their car is all smashed. They may be slightly injured and are likely going through their mind how much worse it could’ve been, and none of this was their fault. Is there any way I can now make this situation worse for them?”

    1. There’s never a situation too horrible, too tragic and unthinkable, that a law enforcement officer can’t make worse with very little effort.

  17. Look at the car that hit her (getting loaded on the tow truck. This was a bad accident. People go into shock after car wrecks. Which you’d think a cop would know.

    1. I’m sure the cop indeed does know this, and takes advantage of it at every available opportunity.

      1. “I can cop a feel on this ditzy blonde and laugh about it with my buds later.”

  18. Tulpa’s going break the internet watching this over and over so many times.

    1. Too many women involved for Tulpa’s tastes, methinks.

      NTTAWWT

      1. Sometimes is really isn’t about sex, but power.

        1. Sure, but I imagine Tulpa likes to project himself into the stories, you know, the cop’s meaty paws clutching his throat, raining blows down on his body, grunting roughly into his ear while they grope him from behind. It’s not gay so much as it’s a desire to be punished for all of his sins.

        2. Hey, baby, check out my big, hard authoritah!

          1. and respect it!

  19. Seven years of Hope and Change. This event must be fictitious.

    1. Do you need even more transparency? Huh? Well, do ya, punk?

      1. What’s wrong with a wet t-shirt?

    2. Its nice to see white-on-white crime for a change.

  20. “Ma’am, I just need to check and see if the airbags are okay.”

    1. Yes!

  21. But did he grab her by the pussy?

    1. We have to wait for the Access Hollywood behind the scenes footage 15 years later.

  22. “amounted to an unconstitutional search.”

    Well then if it was unconstitutional, there is gong to be all kinds of hell to pay for this. First, it goes without saying the pig will lose his job. And now because he violated the Constitution he is liable in criminal and civil courts. After he’s found guilty and ordered to pay personal damages he’ll be financially ruined. Plus, because he’s been proven to be a bad little piggy, he’ll never get another chance at that “profession”.

    And most importantly, all the other little piggies out there will learn a valuable lesson about violating a constitutional amendment.

    1. That’s a joke, right? I can never tell.

    2. If you typed that with a straight face, then my hat’s off to you.

    3. He goes onto the sex offender registry as well, I’m sure.

    4. Modified Poe’s law in action.

      1. Paw’s law.

  23. The officer thought Amanda Houghton’s unsteadiness was suspicious enough to justify handcuffs and a chest pat-down.

    Otherwise known as a breast fondling.

    “And when you’re a cop they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab them by the tits. You can do anything.”

    1. I bet he suspected that she was hiding a kilo of heroin in her pussy, but the cop has to draw the line somewhere. He chose breast fondling.

    2. Old joke:

      You ever been picked up by the fuzz?

      No, but I’ve been slung around by the tits.

  24. The sobriety tests that Houghton failed, including walking toe to heel and turning, are not reliable indicators of impairment by drugs or alcohol because officers may not administer or assess them properly and because performance can be affected by factors other than intoxication, such as physical disability and emotional upset.

    I had a former who was arrested for DUI after a traffic accident at 3:00am. He failed the field sobriety test because it was 3:00am, he was dead tired, and had just been in an accident. Didn’t matter to the pig who arrested him. They had him do the breathalizer on 3 different machines because they still didn’t believe he was sober. It wasn’t until the blood test came back clean sometime the next afternoon that they finally released him.

    Sounds like she learned a valuable lesson: don’t ever call the cops for help unless someone’s dead.

    1. …maybe not even then.

      1. Yep, I’ve told the story many times how when my wife died suddenly at home ( 5 years ago), the cops rifled through my home and discovered some weed, little did the dumb fucks know they had created a new libertarian (after stumbling across this site).

        1. Doesn’t surprise me. Whenever I’ve called the cops after being a victim of a crime, all they did was run me for warrants and search me. When my apartment was burglarized they asked for permission to search my home for drugs. I did not consent. After that they left. No questions about the burglary.

    2. If they’re doing a field sobriety test, they have already decided to arrest you, and now they’re just building a case. Never consent to one.

      1. True. They’ll use any momentary incidental loss of balance while doing the heel to toe walk, for example, as absolute PROOF that you must be drunk. Regardless of any other obvious mitigating factor. And if you’re hot blonde that they want to fondle, they’ll definitely find some excuse.

        1. My ten year-old son went on a tour of the local police HQ. As part of it, the officer who led it administered a field sobriety test to the kids and explained how it worked. Not one of them could pass it, and he flat out told them that most sober adults have trouble passing it.

          1. Pure anecdote, but I’ve had a hard time passing it when very drunk. So I guess the test has close to a 100% success rate. Hard to ask for more than that.

      2. One time I was driving back from working at a restaurant, so of course I had a few drinks, and I got caught in a roadblock. They made me walk a line, and I did. Kicked a bottle cap out of the way before turning around. The cop apologized and let me go.

        1. You know what I do at unconstitutional roadblocks? Keep my window rolled up and yell at the police that this is a violation of the 4th Amendment. They wave me through.

      3. Never consent to anything. Don’t say a word. Let your 4th and 5th A’s work for you. It really pisses cops off, but it saves your ass, if it ends up in court.

    3. *a former co-worker*

      Sheesh, need more caffeine alcohol.

        1. +1 Four Loko

          1. Ewww. Just drink Irish coffee like a normal person.

    4. don’t ever call the cops for help unless someone’syou’d like someone to be dead

      Fixed.

    5. I believe here in AZ, he would be charged, tried and convicted for DUI under our current laws. “Impaired to the slightest degree” and all that.

  25. Looks like another case of the tax payer and their money soon being parted.

    1. Must be a day that ends in Y.

  26. I look forward to this officer running for president in 2028.

    1. He’ll be loved for his ‘doing it by the book’ attitude.

  27. My main problem with this is that if I were going to risk getting in a lot of trouble to grope someone I’d grope someone hotter. This poor girl hardly has boobs in the first place, ffs. Also, bad teeth.

  28. “The sobriety tests that Houghton failed, including walking toe to heel and turning, are not reliable indicators of impairment by drugs or alcohol because officers may not administer or assess them properly and because performance can be affected by factors other than intoxication, such as physical disability and emotional upset.”

    This editorializing is not helpful. For one, there is no allegation that the officer administered or interpreted the field testing incorrectly.

    1. Suck more cop dick.

      1. Don’t think he can get any more in his mouth.

    2. He absolutely did one or both of those because she was SOBER.

  29. I find it interesting that the move he used to see if she was too drunk is the same move I use to see if they are drunk enough.

  30. Officer Galen Schatzman is a perv, pure and simple.

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  32. I got pulled over on Superbowl Sunday this year at about 11:30 PM.

    I will admit I totally rolled through a “right turn on red”. I went up to the intersection slow, looked all directions, saw exactly 1 car about 200 yds. to my left and went for it.

    Of course, that one car was a cop…

    He “lit me up”, and I pull over (knowing he thinks I’m drunk). Immediately removes me from the car to the sidewalk. Then, he got “personal”. His “patdown” was very probing of my junk- he grabbed and massaged a bit…

    So I did the “drunk dance”- balance on one leg, heel-toe walk with the turn, follow the finger with just your eyes, etc.

    And I passed all the crap to demonstrate I wasn’t drunk to his satisfaction- even though I probably would have blown a .06%-.08% on a breathalyzer. And then, he didn’t even write me a ticket for the red light violation!

    Guess he liked my package…

  33. Was the lady so well endowed that this officer though a free feel might be appropriate. Can’t really tell from the picture..

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