Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Claim: Police car video records motorist suspected of DUI being subjected to some wacky sobriety tests.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2004]
Origins: Some of the field sobriety tests that police are commonly portrayed as administering when they stop motorists suspected of DUI (driving under the
What gives some of those viewers pause, however, is the fact that the sobriety tests being administered to the cowboy-hatted DUI suspect by the female patrol officer in the video include tasks a good many of us couldn't do well (if at all) when perfectly sober, including rapidly reciting the alphabet backwards and duplicating some fairly intricate dance steps. Those are some indicators that the clip is indeed a spoof — specifically, it's a segment taken from the police TV comedy Reno 911!, which airs on Comedy Central.
Last updated: 2 November 2005
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