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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

Brought to you by Christopher Rake


Wednesday, January 08, 2003
12:58 PM

Fairfax County Pre-Emption Update.... Boy, this story is taking off with new accounts in both the Washington Times and the Post.

As the designated driver in her dinner party, Pat Habib was careful to consume no more than one alcoholic drink and follow it up with two sodas.

So she was shocked when a police officer singled her out of the crowd at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern in Herndon and asked her to step outside to prove her sobriety. After she ran through the alphabet without pause, the Fairfax County police officer let her go and explained police had received a complaint about an unruly blond woman matching her description. Then she watched as police tested other women looking nothing like her.

"I could see it if they wanted to prevent you from getting into a car, but they didn't even ask me if I was driving," Habib said....

The police say everyone they arrested had alcohol levels above the legal limit for driving. Close enough for police work?

Incidentally, the Post says the story was first reported in the Reston Times. Yesterday I said it was the Fairfax Station Times. Frankly I can't tell (I'm inclined to believe the Post) because the site I linked to carries stories from a number of papers in a chain. So take your pick.

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