Explorer Fetner

Andi Fetner and is 17 years old and currently attends Basic High School. She has been an explorer for 11 months and is assigned to post 311 at South East Area Command.
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    Today I went on a ride along in SEAC, and for it being only my third ride along I felt I knew how to do many of the tasks the officer assigned me. However, I still learned quite a bit while in the field.
    I didn't know that you could pull over a person who wasn't in your area command. The officer and I were on the highway heading back to our area after transporting someone to jail. On our way back we saw a vehicle going way over 85 mph swerving in and out of lanes. The officer turned on his lights to do a traffic stop but the vehicle didn't stop for at least 100 yards. The driver eventually pulled over and when the officer asked he claimed he didn't see the lights or hear the sirens.
    The officer sat the driver in the back seat of the patrol vehicle in handcuffs while three officers checked the driver's vehicle. When we went back to the patrol car the driver had vomited on himself. Clearly the driver had alcohol in his system and we could smell it on him. I got to see the officer do three field sobriety tests on the driver to see if he was intoxicated. I also got to see the preliminary breath test put to use on the driver, which the driver did not pass. I got to fill out a Temporary Custody Report (TCR) and a towing paper for the driver's vehicle.
    Once I got to CCDC, the officer asked me to get the suspect the jail shoes. We took the suspect's personal items and placed them in a plastic bag along with his shoes. I also got to see how the nurses take blood from the suspect to do tests on what was in his system. I also got to review over the paperwork with the officer to make sure all the information was correct. The officer let me take thumb prints and turn in the paperwork.
    Overall this ride along was a great experience for me and I certainly learned a lot, specifically on what to do in a DUI scenario.
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