Steve Keim refused to submit to breathalyzer test

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There’s a good reason why the result or breathalyzer testing conducted on Cardinals G.M. Steve Keim has yet to be revealed. There isn’t one.

According to Perry Vandell of the Arizona Republic, Keim refused to submit to breath testing.

No, I’m not going to do that,” Keim told a police officer, who immediately arrested Keim for suspicion of DUI.

During the video of the arrest, the officer accuses Keim of maneuvering the vehicle to avoid police. Keim also admits to drinking “two beers.”

Keim later submitted to blood testing, with police drawing two vials of blood. While regarded as a more reliable method for measuring blood-alcohol concentration, the passage of time may have caused the number to be lower than it would have been at the time of the arrest.

50 responses to “Steve Keim refused to submit to breathalyzer test

  1. Everyone in America that follows the NFL already knows this… Why does Florio feel like repeating the same news over and over… Seems like he has a personal vendetta against Keim at this point…

  2. Too many NFL players and executives believe that because of their role in the game that they are above the law. Mr Keim has to learn that there are consequences for his actions and poor decisions. If Goodell does zilch on this, it will confirm the belief that things can be bought.

  3. DUI is strictly based on the officer’s observations, the breathalyzer is simply “back up” evidence. Basically, you can have just one beer, blow a .02, and still get locked up….and based on how good the cop is at testifying, actually be convicted.

    However, the cop always has to have probable cause to pull you over in the first place (unless its some sort of checkpoint….which by law, at least where I used to work, is supposed to be made known to the public beforehand). If you get pulled over and all you get is DUI ticket then you’ll beat the case every time.

    If Keim really only had two beers, he should have blown; if that were the case he might blow a .02-.03 and have a good chance of beating the charge. Apparently he had more than two beers….or he’s a moron.

  4. In most states, refusal of a test of breath or blood pursuant to a DUI stop, will result in your motor vehicle operator’s license being suspended for a year. You may of course still be charged with the DUI on the basis of physical evidence and the arresting officer’s observation.

    This revelation makes Keim’s apparent remorse and apology for his actions ring rather hollow.

  5. Which means they had to settle for blood, correct? Having one conviction alteady, all he did was by time in hopes of lowering his BAC. Makes me wonder of he thought he was close to the threshhold for an extreme DUI which means more jail time.

  6. Always take the breathalyzer, NEVER take the field sobriety test.

    You an beat the breathalyzer in court because the analysis varies GREATLY in between two or three samples. Blow as many times as You can, but don’t take the field sobriety test, that is visual evidence.

  7. They will not take blood unless there is some sort of serious bodily injury involved (a car crash). They dont take blood on a routine DUI.

  8. The ignorance here is REAL
    1st Every attorney says do not take the breathalyzer I’d pulled over
    2nd YES they will take blood no matter what unless you have a medical issue that prevents it
    3rd he’s been plastered on every sports front page for 4 days now…it’s a slow news week when we’re worried about a dui where no one was injured.
    4th – he’s gonna pay for it personally, work, socially and more…no need to pile on.
    It’s amazing how much hate and wrong information re DUIs are on here.
    But wait there’s gonna be another story in a few days about his BAC and they’ll be back to post the same comments again.
    Good luck Keim – you messed up – you’re human…keep working to be better. Good news is you didn’t hurt anyone.

  9. The % of metabolized alcohol in his blood could have been lower – later, but it was more likely higher – later.

    All the booze that was in him was by that time, processed through his kidneys and liver and in his bloodstream and if he was apprehended, he wasn’t able to drink water to dilute the blood stream percentage.

    Get it together, Mr office of the court.

  10. You can be convicted on results from a faulty breathalyzer. Most lawyers will tell you to never blow. They may draw blood and you just hope the results are in your favor, but breathalyzers convict sober people all the time. At least the blood test is legit, and if you’ve been drinking enough to test high after a blood test you deserve the DUI anyway.

  11. It seems like two is the standard answer when a cop asks someone how much they had to drink. It’s almost like they’re saying “well, if I say one he’s probably not going to believe me, but three kind of sounds like a lot, so I’ll go with two”

  12. To whom much is given, much is required. I don’t think having a beer and driving home 40 minutes away, risking killing yourself or others and losing your multi million dollar a year job. Your job has you and family living extremely well. Is losing that worth a few beers?

  13. He said he wouldn’t take it when the officer tells him it wasn’t a calibrated breathalyzer and wouldn’t be admissible in court. Smart. Everyone who wants to comment on this story should at least read the police report and then watch the two body cam videos first. They make this whole thing look pretty weak.

  14. Look at the sensitive Cards fans, protecting their guy

    Any normal fanbase would demand a firing in this situation. We don’t want our fan dollars going to people who are reckless or dangerous in our communities.

    One more reason to avoid Arizona

  15. Actually many states don’t even allow breathalyzer results as evidence because they are notoriously unreliable. Shaking the machine can cause up to a .03 difference alone. Also, to whomever said they don’t draw blood unless there is bodily, you’d be completely wrong. Generally, refusing to do a field sobriety test (which you should ALWAYS refuse) kicks it up to breathalyzer (in states that still use them), refusing that gets you taken in to custody where they typically (depending on the state) are required to have a phlebotomist on hand to do an actual blood test. Always refuse the first two.

  16. All the cats telling the tricks have failed to apply this rationale. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! There is no excuse for drinking too much and driving. Reality is, if a person regularly drinks to the point intoxication, the have a serious drinking problem. That said, I believe the laws pertaining to drinking and driving are very ineffective. There is no way to deter someone with an addiction without intervention. People who suffer from addiction need treatment. There is no fine, suspension or a few days in jail that will treat anyone with a drinking problem. If caught drunk behind the wheel, a person should have their driver’s license restricted to work and home and have to prove sobriety for one year before full driving privileges are restored. The legal system on this issue is moving in the wrong direction. Same with drug use and possession. Making penalties stiffer will solve nothing. In fact, the law is burdensome on the system as a whole. Sorry for the rant, but that is my two cents on the thing.

  17. IF you have the choice ALWAYS choose the breathalyzer INSTEAD of the BLOOD test.

    AGAIN!

    AVOID the blood draw. They are 1000% harder to beat in court.

  18. aj66shanghai says:
    July 12, 2018 at 8:16 pm
    Look at the sensitive Cards fans, protecting their guy

    Any normal fanbase would demand a firing in this situation. We don’t want our fan dollars going to people who are reckless or dangerous in our communities.

    One more reason to avoid Arizona

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    Yea, phoenix is the fastest growing large city in the country. Hate on little buddy.

    Honest question. If keim deserves to be fired for a DUI, dont all the players that get a DUI also get fired?

  19. I’m starting to think there is a culture problem with the Cardinals. Their VP of personnel Terry McDonough was in rehab for substance abuse not that long ago. Keim is a repeat offender. Bidwill seems to turn a blind eye to substance abuse. Neither are very good at their respective jobs.

  20. It’s really classy how so many commenters are so knowledgeable on the DUI ins and outs. Never driving drunk = no need to be in the know.

  21. It is not about safety anymore. There is a whole industry that needs DWI convections to make their profit and they give money to politicians

  22. FACT: You can be arrested for a DUI even if your blood alcohol level registers below the .08 limit.

    Don’t play a game without knowing the rules, folks.

  23. I never understood the horror or the way people look at you when a person refuses to submit to a breathalyzer test. Why must you agree to help the state gather evidence to build their case against you? Even the roadside test is just evidence gathering. If a cop believes you are drinking and driving or driving under the influence do you really think you’re likely to be set free by conducting a test?

    Couple of examples. People think just because you blow below a .08 that shows you’re generally ok. I’ve seen people blow .02 and still get cited “based on the totality of other evidences”, blood shot eyes, slow speech, unable to stand on big toe while counting backwards from 100….in Spanish.

    I’ve seen cases where someone blew a .00 and they bring in a drug recognition expert to investigate and say based on his observation you likely were on some sort of drug like marijuana (look up drug recognition expert folks).

    Bottom line. The constitution protects you against self incrimination, unless you waive your right and willingly help the state gather evidence against you. If the state believes you’re guilty of a crime let them charge you and present their evidence at trial but never give them evidence to build a case against you. The only test I would submit to on the road would be a breathalyzer if I know I have had zero drinks because that is evidence gathering for ME. Definitely never submit to subjective tests like the silly walk in a straight line, stand on one foot, blah blah.

  24. All drunks know that you don’t blow when you get pulled over. At least most of them do. You just lawyer up and let the games begin.

  25. jrquiz says:
    July 12, 2018 at 10:38 pm
    FACT: You can be arrested for a DUI even if your blood alcohol level registers below the .08 limit.

    Don’t play a game without knowing the rules, folks.

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    very unlikely and there won’t be a conviction on that either. and then, the lawsuit the police do not want to face for damages.

  26. rohinaz says:
    July 12, 2018 at 10:10 pm
    aj66shanghai says:
    July 12, 2018 at 8:16 pm
    Look at the sensitive Cards fans, protecting their guy

    Any normal fanbase would demand a firing in this situation. We don’t want our fan dollars going to people who are reckless or dangerous in our communities.

    One more reason to avoid Arizona

    ____________
    Yea, phoenix is the fastest growing large city in the country. Hate on little buddy.

    Honest question. If keim deserves to be fired for a DUI, dont all the players that get a DUI also get fired?

    1 1 Rate This

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    Arizona blows. Sprawl and strip malls, no seasons and oppressive heat. Just awful.

  27. Assuming he had significant alcohol in his system, refusing to take the breathalyzer to buy time and have your blood drawn won’t work. It says they took two tubes; if these are taken 30 minutes apart, they can calculate your BAC at the time of the traffic stop with enough certainty for court. I used to be a hospital laboratory technologist and we would draw the legal alcohols and send them to the state lab.

    If he really only had 2-3 beers and was right around the legal limit, this may work as far as not being able to prove he was intoxicated, but the state where I worked, refusing the breathalyzer has similar consequences to a DUI.

  28. tylawspick6 says:
    July 13, 2018 at 9:59 am
    jrquiz says:
    July 12, 2018 at 10:38 pm
    FACT: You can be arrested for a DUI even if your blood alcohol level registers below the .08 limit.

    Don’t play a game without knowing the rules, folks.

    1 0 Rate This

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    very unlikely and there won’t be a conviction on that either. and then, the lawsuit the police do not want to face for damages.
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    You really need to read up on your laws. I’ve read enough articles and know someone personally who has gone through this after blowing a .06. I don’t know about Every state but in my state the breathalyzer is just one thing taken into account during a DUI stop. Wether to arrest or not is totally up to the discretion of the officer based on their “expert” observations. And like I said earlier even if you blow a 0.0 they can still book you for a DUI under a charge you used a non alcoholic substance undetectable to breathalyzer. Another reason to never submit to any testing or even to answering any questions not required by law (in my state the only question you must answer if not driving and legally detained/arrested is name, address and d.o.b. if driving you just hand over your license and registration and shut the heck up. Don’t voluntarily give or say anything else)

  29. I was told by a DUI attorney to never ever submit to a breathalyzer if you have only had a few beers. You should always request a master blood test because of the calibration of the breathalyzer. If your blood test shows you were not over the legal limit, you can and will get the charges dismissed. If the only evidence they have is a breathalyzer, and faulty calibration shows you over the limit even though you might not have been, too late. You will get a DUI.

  30. Arizona blows. Sprawl and strip malls, no seasons and oppressive heat. Just awful.
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    Have fun freezing your tail off in Britol, or whatever Mass h@ll hole you live in.

  31. myvietnamwasfightingtheclap says:
    July 12, 2018 at 6:10 pm
    The right thing to do under most circumstances

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    In Arizona, and most places it’s an immediate 1 year suspension of your drivers license to refuse a breathalyzer. It’s interpreted as a DUI in terms of a criminal record for travel, etc. So not a good idea in most circumstances.

  32. tylawspick6 says:
    July 13, 2018 at 9:59 am
    jrquiz says:
    July 12, 2018 at 10:38 pm
    FACT: You can be arrested for a DUI even if your blood alcohol level registers below the .08 limit.

    Don’t play a game without knowing the rules, folks.

    1 0 Rate This

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    very unlikely and there won’t be a conviction on that either. and then, the lawsuit the police do not want to face for damages.

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    Jrquiz is right on point.

    In AZ the legal rationale and justification is “impaired to the slightest degree”. So yes, you can be arrested, prosecuted and convicted even if under the .08 threshhold. If a second offense occurs while on probation it can escalate to a felony.

    Ask any designated driver and we’ll school you with the same facts.

  33. Mike Rubin says:
    July 12, 2018 at 9:40 pm
    IF you have the choice ALWAYS choose the breathalyzer INSTEAD of the BLOOD test.

    AGAIN!

    AVOID the blood draw. They are 1000% harder to beat in court.

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    How about just don’t drink and drive? If you do, you should be arrested and prosecuted to the max as you are putting peoples’ lives and safety at risk

  34. Tip #1, never admit to drinking even one beer or glass of wine. My favorite answer is, I have been sober since joining AA four years ago. Tip #2, If forced to take a breathalyzer. always force a burp just before blowing. It increases the reading but if you are to blow a second time, the wide discrepancy between the two readings will render the readings inaccurate and it will be thrown out in court. Tip #3, do everybody a favor and get a taxi or Uber. Sure it costs money and its a pain to retrieve your car the next day but has been proven 100% effective in avoiding a DUI

  35. WOW! Lots of real life experience here that folks are drawing from — I never realized there were so many drunks on this forum!

  36. aarons444 says:
    July 13, 2018 at 10:28 am
    Arizona blows. Sprawl and strip malls, no seasons and oppressive heat. Just awful.
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    Have fun freezing your tail off in Britol, or whatever Mass h@ll hole you live in.

    4 2 Rate This

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    I live in the largest gorwing and thriving area of RTP NC with Apple and Amazon coming here next.

    Asheville to my west and beuatiful beaches to the east and all 4 seasons, with long springs and falls and easy winters.

    And much of New England is beautiful. No spawl crap and landlocked strip mall chains as much as a place like Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, etc. Just terrible traffic and generic spawl with no character.

  37. And much of New England is beautiful. No spawl crap and landlocked strip mall chains as much as a place like Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, etc. Just terrible traffic and generic spawl with no character.
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    Yeah, well, my guess is, you’ve never been to Tempe.

    There isn’t finer “scenery” anywhere in the US.

  38. As someone who has been to RTP NC countless times, I can attest that that area is full of sprawl. It’s also full of cops that like to give out DUIs.

  39. Everyone ever arrested for DUI ‘only had a coupla beers’. They could be caught crawling around on their hands and knees and puking up their guts, but it was only due to ‘a coupla beers’.

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