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Police ask public to withhold judgment in DUI case

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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Police in the Phoenix suburb of Surprise are asking the public to withhold judgment about a man's arrest on a drunken driving charge though a breath-alcohol test showed he hadn't consumed any alcohol.

Jessie Thornton was cited in a Dec. 7 traffic stop, but the misdemeanor charge was dismissed nearly two months later after a blood test revealed no signs of mind-altering drugs in his body.

Surprise Police Chief Michael Frazier says legal issues limit what he can say about the case. But he says his department strives to be fair and that officers making roadside arrests don't have immediate access to test results.

Frazier is asking the public to keep an open mind.

Thornton has filed a $500,000 claim that's a precursor to a possible lawsuit.

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