Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described an agreement between the Sheriff's Department and the CHP. The CHP typically handles all DUI arrests as part of the agreement.
Testimony began today in the trial of the former California Highway Patrol captain accused of driving under the influence.
Martin Joel “Marty” Whited, who has since retired from the CHP after being demoted to lieutenant, pleaded not guilty to a DUI charge in connection with the March 2009 incident in which he was found inside a state car on a roadside east of Templeton.
A surveillance video from the front of a patrol car shows Whited's responses to questions from deputies, one of whom described Whited as "blottoed" to a supervisor.
Deputy Michael Norris testified that he didn't administer a blood or breath test because of an agreement with the CHP stipulating that the Sheriff's Department call the CHP in a suspected DUI case.
Norris said he and Deputy Matthew Terrell stopped to question the man they found in the car parked along El Pomar Road to see if the man actually was a law enforcement officer as the car seemed to indicate.
When asked about his residence, Whited initially told deputies he lived in a "trailer with sheep"; he later told them he lived in Atascadero. He appeared to have slurred speech and wobbly balance in the video.
The deputies testified that they never saw Whited driving. A CHP official eventually arrived at the scene and took Whited to a hotel.