Jeffco Deputy’s Body Cam Footage Contradicts Social Media Claims

DENVER, CO — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office released body-worn camera footage of a traffic stop and disputed claims made in a video circulating on social media Sunday. In the social media post, a young woman alleged that an officer let her off with a warning after she blew a 3.8 in a blood alcohol test.

“I blew a 3.8, and he let me off with a warning and gave me his number and said we should meet for coffee or lunch,” the 18-year-old says in the video. “I literally should be in jail right now, and this officer just let me off with a warning.”

The sheriff’s office posted a nearly seven-minute-long clip of the officer’s body cam footage during the traffic stop on YouTube and disputed the claims made by the young woman. In the video, the deputy expresses concern that the young woman was weaving. The woman explains that she was coming from a friend’s house and had just been broken up with.

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“It sounds like you’re having a rough night, so I’m not going to add to that by writing you a ticket,” the officer says. “I’m just going to give you a warning, it’s not a big deal. I just want to make sure you’re okay. You were weaving a little bit and I want to make sure you’re okay to operate the motor vehicle , and I believe you are.”

The officer then hands her a card listing his name, badge number and the reason he pulled her over, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office.

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“When he asked if she had been drinking, she said ‘no.’ She also did not slur her speech, nor did the representative smell alcohol on her or witness any other physical signs of intoxication,” the news release said. “There was no evidence of alcohol in the vehicle. Therefore, he did not conduct any tests for DUI, including administering a breathalyzer.”

In an interview with Denver 7, the young woman — who did not wish to show her face — said that she had indeed been drinking the night the officer pulled her over.

“I’m not gonna lie to the news. I was drinking from, like, 11 p.m. to, like, two or three in the morning that day,” she said. “I thought I was being funny.”

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