We recently reported that the Pinellas County Sheriff conducted a DUI Wolf Pack Operation on July 1, 2016, through July 2, 2016. DUI Wolf Packs are alternatives to conducting DUI checkpoints which are often met with legal challenges.
The DUI Wolf Packs are enhanced roaming traffic enforcement specifically focused on identifying and arresting impaired drivers suspected of DUI. The Pinellas County Sheriff conducts the DUI Wolf Packs with other local law enforcement agencies including the Clearwater Police Department, Largo Police Department, and the St. Petersburg Police Department.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office typically runs multiple DUI Wolf Pack operations per year focusing on holiday weekends.
We previously cautioned that officers assigned to such task forces with the specific goal of identifying impaired drivers may lead to overzealous and inaccurate arrests. We also suggested that officers on a Wolf Pack assignment may overreach given the goals of the task force.
Lending credence to this assertion is the fact that the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office releases statistics of each Wolf Pack operation – much like a fantasy football league. You can read the results of the latest Pinellas County DUI Wolf Pack Operation here.
It would only stand to reason that as the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is measuring their success with these statistics that officers would be encouraged to always beat the results from the last Wolf Pack, which in turn could lead to overreaching and dubious arrests.
This time the DUI Wolf Pack lead to 40 criminal arrests and 97 traffic citations. Interestingly, of those only 13 arrests were for DUI.
If you were stopped and arrested during a Pinellas County DUI Wolf Pack operation you should consult with an attorney who can dissect the arrest and formulate a plan for your defense.
Contact the Morris Law Firm, P.A. at (727) 388-4736 for a strategic review of your DUI or criminal case. The Morris Law Firm, P.A. represents clients throughout the Tampa Bay Area, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota, Pasco, and Manatee counties.