Evidence: The Morning After

When his hangover fades on the morning after, the drunken driver of the night before may turn defensively argumentative. The cops, he usually claims, exaggerated his alcoholic difficulties. If he was lucky enough to escape a serious accident, and cautious enough not to submit his telltale breath to a drunk-ometer's measurement, he can often make his story stick.

Not in Denver, though, or in many another U.S. city where police are practicing a new and legal gimmick for encouraging confessions. The standard sobriety tests—picking up poker chips from the floor, walking a painted line, touching the nose while the eyes...

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