GARNER — On Feb. 6, Garner police’s drunk driving specialist caught two fish with one line.
In an unusual traffic stop, officer Scott Klein had pulled over a suspected drunk driver, and a second car then pulled up behind Klein. Ultimately both drivers – husband and wife –were arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired.
Officer Scott Klein had pulled over Sean Delamore, 49, who stopped on North Gleneagle Drive near Vandora Springs Road around 10:40 p.m. on Feb. 7. Another car pulled up behind him, causing Klein to have to assess the safety of the situation, according to police spokesman Chris Clayton. When Klein approached the car, the female driver told him she was waiting for her husband.
Klein, part of whose salary comes from a state grant and whose work focuses on DWIs, smelled alcohol on the woman, 43-year-old Terri Delamore. So he called another officer to check on her.
Officers arrested both Delamores on the scene after they failed field sobriety tests as well as Breathalyzer tests. Sean Delamore blew 0.17 percent – his truck was seized – while his wife blew 0.12, according to Clayton. The legal limit is 0.08.
Clayton said he couldn’t recall a similar incident from the past.
They were two of five DWI arrests in a busy weekend for Garner police.
Two other drivers were arrested for DWI in separate incidents the next night; one Saturday night and one in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The fifth DWI of the weekend Sunday evening also had unusual elements. Officers happened to be at Walmart off U.S. 401 to investigate a shoplifter when they heard a crash. Clayton said a vehicle had crashed into a concrete pedestrian sign post.
Officers arrested Warrie Evans III, who was charged with DWI based on influence on marijuana.
The busy weekend brings the total of DWI arrests for this year to 15, a comparable pace to 2013 when 130 were arrested.
That 2013 figure was down 13 percent from the 2012 total of 149.
Neither of the Delamores nor Evans have criminal convictions according to the state Department of Public Safety's website.
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