DUI suspect claims Florida Highway Patrol trooper is profiling

7:51 PM, May 14, 2013   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- Watch Sally Adams' DUI arrest video and the 52-year-old from Michigan says there is no reason she should have been hauled off to the Sarasota County Jail where she later blew .034 and .036. Both levels are well under the legal limit of .08.

But Adams says she felt something might be wrong from the moment she locked eyes with Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Melvin J. Arthur when he initially passed by her before she was pulled over for a tag light that was out.

"I looked right at him, he looked right at me, I followed him through the intersection looking at me," Adams told 10 News this week about her May 2012 arrest.

And speaking of looks, a look at Arthur's traffic citations handed out last year shows the trooper cited far more women; 392, than men; 309. It's even more pronounced when looking at his DUI arrests of 62 women versus 31 men.

But when looking at the overall 2012 numbers in Sarasota County, the gender ratios are the opposite. Nearly 75% of all people booked into the Sarasota County Jail last year were men while the majority arrested for DUI were also men.

Adams believes Arthur is profiling women.

"I think he's looking for women, yeah. I mean is he inappropriate, no. Is a woman an easy target at 2:15 coming off a street full of bars, yeah, and I was one of them."

Adams wants the charges filed against her dismissed and a motion hearing has been schooled for later this week.

When 10 News contacted the Florida Highway Patrol Tuesday seeking comment they would only provide a letter confirming Arthur's employment as a trooper.

But Adams believes if she was a man she never would have been pulled over last year.

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