Not Stopping Immediately Although Police Activated Blue Lights
In State v. Scott, 356 N.C. 591, 596, 573 S.E.2d 866, 869 (2002), the State appealed the trial court's dismissal of a driving while impaired charge granted after the jury returned a guilty verdict. Scott, 356 N.C. at 593, 573 S.E.2d at 867.
The State presented evidence that defendant had been speeding in excess of sixty miles per hour and failed to immediately stop although the police officer activated his blue lights and blew his airhorn more than once. Id., 356 N.C. at 597, 573 S.E.2d at 869.
When the defendant stopped his vehicle in the "T" intersection, he blocked the intersection. Id.
More importantly, when the officer interacted with the defendant, he smelled a strong odor of alcohol and noticed defendant's speech was slurred. Id., 356 N.C. at 597, 573 S.E.2d at 869-70.
The North Carolina Supreme Court reversed the dismissal concluding that "a reasonable inference of defendant's guilt may be drawn from the direct and circumstantial evidence presented by the State." Id., 356 N.C. at 598, 573 S.E.2d at 870.