Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges can happen to anyone and that truth was realized on Thursday evening March 17, 2016 when Denver State Representative Dan Pabon was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.  Dan Pabon is the current representative for Northwest Denver District 4.

On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, Pabon had attended a beer tasting event at the governor’s mansion earlier in the day.  Another representative who attended the function did not see Pabon at the event but noted that everyone seemed fine when the drinking was over at around 7 p.m.

About four hours later, at 11;32 p.m., Pabon was pulled over after police claimed he made a “prohibited turn.”  The arrest affidavit gives no clues as to what why the turn was illegal.  A “prohibited turn” can occur in many ways and means that the police are alleging that Pabon took either a right or left turn in violation of traffic signals.


Pabon Agreed to Voluntary Roadside Tests

Police officers approached Pabon in his vehicle and the officer claimed that Pabon had bloodshot water eyes, blurred speech, had the smell of alcohol on his breath, and swayed on his feet.  Pabon agreed to do voluntary roadside maneuvers, which was failed according to the officer.   Remember, these tests are voluntary and can (should) be refused.  Not surprisingly, the officer failed Pabon on these tests and even the most sober person will have trouble with these examinations.

Nonetheless, Pabon was arrested on suspicion of DUI and requested a blood test.  Because he requested a blood test, Pabon will be able to continue to drive pending the results.

Perhaps ironically, Pabon sponsored a bill in the state legislature that was aimed at reducing DUIs by requiring people convicted of driving under the influence to appear before a DUI victim impact panel.  We must all remember that Rep. Pabon is presumed innocent of these charges until or unless there is a plea or the government is able to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.