Funny, Funny Stories From my days at Eden, P.D.
By Michael D. Martin, E.C.P.D. Retired
About the author...Michael Martin (pictured front row, far right in the 1981 photo) is a retired veteran of 25 years on the Eden City Police Department, and has penned a number of anecdotal writings recalling his experiences.
LIV. Memorable Court Cases (Part One)I guess one of the great things about being a cop would have to be memorable court cases I have heard. This was back in the very late 60's or early 70's and there was a Trooper stationed in Rockingham County named Jim Lambert. To say the least, Jim had a strange sense of humor and he had arrested a citizen for driving under the influence. There had been no breathalyzer available because all the other troopers had been called to a matter of civil unrest in another county. Jimmy made the arrest the old fashioned way..by observation of driving and behavior after the stop.
On the witness stand, Lambert testified that he had observed the defendant driving slower than usual and his tires had hit the center line several times and when he stopped the man, he smelled a faint odor of alcohol on his breath, he seemed unsteady on his feet and his eyes were red and watery.
The defense attorney in this case was the best of his profession. J. Hoyte Stultz Jr. Jay got up for cross and asked Lambert if his client had explained that he had only one beer earlier in the day.....Yes sir. Jay asked Lambert if his client had explained that he had an eye disease???......yes sir!! Jay asked the Trooper if the defendant had not explained that he suffered from a disorder that affected his balance???......yes sir was the answer. Jay asked Trooper Lambert if a breathalyzer was available the night of the arrest???....No sir, our men were deployed elsewhere under the direction of the governor of North Carolina. Jay rose up and asked...Trooper Lambert sir!! was there anything else, we have not answered...that led you to even remotely suspect my client was driving under the influence of alcohol?????.......yes sir, he had pissed all in his pants
Michael D. Martin
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