At all times bear in mind: Simply since you’re ingesting in a automobile that’s not transferring doesn’t imply you’re not a drunk driver.
A Florida man discovered that out the arduous method when police responded to a disturbance at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Vero Seaside, TCPalm reported.
In keeping with the police report on the incident posted to TMZ, the responding officer was advised by the driving force who known as that the automobile behind her saved bumping into her car “again and again.”
When he approached the allegedly offending car, he discovered Earle Gustavas Stevens, 69, behind the wheel with an open bottle of Jim Beam bourbon in a bag on the passenger seat.
Stevens was reported to have alcohol on his breath and “crimson and shiny” eyes. He advised the officer that he was ingesting, however not within the car. When requested the place, Stevens clarified that he solely took a sip when the car was stationary at cease indicators and site visitors indicators throughout a visit from Port St. Lucie, about 30 miles away.
He was additionally discovered to be beneath the affect of painkillers and failed a area sobriety check.
No matter a driver’s stage of intoxication, having an open container in a car is in opposition to Florida regulation. On this case, Stevens was arrested and brought to jail, the place he was administered a breathalyzer check and registered a .157 blood alcohol content material, which is almost twice the authorized restrict within the state.
Stevens additionally didn’t have a driver’s license and was discovered to have two DUI priors in Missouri. He’s now dealing with a number of fees stemming from the Florida incident.