A field sobriety test is one of the most humiliating tests a person can be asked to take.
Once you have reached the legal age, you are now allowed to engage in a number of adult activities in Maryland including drinking alcohol. However, you should be mindful that once you have consumed excess alcohol, you must not drive your vehicle since you can be charged with a criminal offense if you get pulled over by a police officer. Drunk driving can lead to serious repercussions including accidents that often cause serious injuries and fatalities. Drunk driving is not tolerated in Maryland; the state imposes tough penalties upon conviction.
People in the public eye are often under increased scrutiny of their behavior. This celebrity status may work against people when it comes to confrontations with police officers. Tabloids and news outlets splash these sensational stories across their headlines and there seems to be a never-ending demand for this type of information. Just because a person is famous does not mean that he or she should be treated any differently in the eyes of the law. Like everyone else, public figures must obey the law, but that does not mean they should be unfairly targeted or punished.
Citing a television program as the reason for refusing a field sobriety test may not be a winning legal strategy. A Fort Pierce, Florida man stopped by police on suspicion of drunk driving told officers he's "not taking no sobriety test. I done seen it on Mythbusters." Mythbusters is a Discovery Chanel program on which two professional stuntmen use the scientific method to prove or debunk various rumors, urban myths and the like. After asking the driver if he would like to reconsider, the driver responded with a short obscenity and "no."