Police body camera footage offers new details about the arrest of Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, who was arrested July 4 on suspicion of DUI.
A Chandler, Ariz., police report claimed that Keim misidentified himself as the team’s director of security when he was pulled over. But police on Wednesday walked back that assertion after viewing footage from the officer’s body-worn camera. In a statement, the department said the officer would correct the police record.
“After reviewing the BWC (body-worn camera) footage, Mr. Keim stated that a person by the name of (Shawn Kinsey) was their director of security and that he worked for the Arizona Cardinals,” the statement said.
The report obtained Tuesday morning by The Arizona Republic said Keim’s eyes were bloodshot, his speech slurred and his breath smelled of alcohol when an officer pulled him over early July 4 just several properties down from Keim’s home in the tony Ocotillo neighborhood.
Footage shows Keim’s vehicle drifting between lanes and nearly striking a curb after making a left turn at an intersection.
The officer said he first noticed Keim swerving between lanes while driving behind him and saw Keim speed past when the officer turned into Chuparosa Park after which the officer turned around and accelerated to catch up.
The officer accused Keim of attempting to lose him in traffic.
When asked how much he drank that evening, Keim told the officer he had two beers. The officer says “Just two?”
The officer says “All right,” before telling Keim to stay in the vehicle before returning to his squad car.
But it appears the officer misheard the name “Sean McKenzie,” a Chandler police officer who died in 2014. In the video, the officer mutters “Sean McKenzie” while typing on his computer.
About 15 minutes go by and another officer shows up. The first officer tells him what happened.
The second officer has Keim exit the vehicle and asks him to have his eyes follow the tip of a pen without moving his head. That officer then tells Keim to form two fists and press them underneath his chin to prevent his head from moving after Keim moves his head during two instances.
The officer then asks Keim to blow into a breathalyzer, which Keim refuses to do.
“No, I’m not going to do that,” Keim tells the officer who then immediately arrests Keim on suspicion of DUI.
That officer then places two handcuffs on Keim due to his wide build and takes him to the Chandler Police Department for blood testing.
Keim was cited and released later that morning.
Keim told another officer that he had been “bouncing around” that night and recently left a friend’s house. He claimed to have had two beers while eating pizza about an hour or two before being stopped, according to the report.
After he was placed in handcuffs and brought to Chandler police headquarters, he said he had been drinking beer since 4 p.m. and had about two IPAs in the hour before driving home.
The officer who stopped Keim said in his narrative that he first noticed Keim’s black 2018 Ford F-150 about three miles before the traffic stop.
“Arizona is a place, especially the metro Phoenix area, where anybody can get a DUI,” said Russ Richelsoph, a Tempe-based attorney who has been defending DUI cases for 19 years. “You can be a police officer, you can be a mayor. You can be a doctor or a lawyer. It really doesn’t seem to matter if you’re famous or well connected, they’re going to treat you the same.”
Richelsoph said Keim’s previous DUI conviction won’t have any bearing on the current case because it’s more than seven years old. What will matter is that Keim described himself as a “three” on a scale of one to 10 — with one being completely sober and 10 being completely intoxicated — according to the police report.
“Admitting he’s a three, a prosecutor will use that as evidence that he is admitting impairment,” Richelsoph said. “The problem is, when you answer that way — the way that Arizona DUI law reads — if you’re impaired to the slightest degree by alcohol or another substance, that’s DUI.”
Arizona law says a person is driving under the influence if they are at all impaired or have a BAC of 0.08 percent. Extreme DUI requires a BAC of 0.15 percent or above. Super-extreme DUI means a person has a BAC of 0.20 percent or above. Penalties vary.
Keim’s blood-alcohol level will be determined in a lab and could take three months to process.