Michigan was one of the last states to join the ranks of the so-called Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training program. According to the Michigan State Police, "the top tier of the OWI Pyramid is the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training program. DRE training is advanced training for highly motivated officers active in OWI enforcement. This program offers an academically challenging curriculum developed to enhance an officers ability to identify, evaluate, and document suspected drug impairment. Officers that successfully complete the training often times become the leader in alcohol and or drug impairment within their department and communities." The few Michigan police officers that I have encountered that have received DRE training have received exceptionally poor training and frequently cannot administer the rudimentary standardized field sobriety tests in the standardized, prescribed fashion. But they are "experts" in their field, right?
Young and the ACLU of Georgia are suing the Cobb County Police Department on behalf of the four drivers we discovered in our original investigation – drivers who gave their blood to prove their innocence – after they were arrested by one of the department's drug recognition experts.