On January 14, 2016 a Hernando County Deputy observed a a vehicle pass him at approximately 50 mph in a 40 mph zone. The vehicle then crossed over the fog line then signaled to change lanes. The vehicle then began to change from the right lane to the left lane but straddled the centerline. The vehicle then began tailgating the vehicle ahead of it.
The Deputy then initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, the Defendant. The Defendant had bloodshot/watery eyes and an odor of alcohol on his breath. The Defendant ignored the question when Deputy asked if he had been drinking. The Defendant then submitted to field sobriety exercises which indicated impairment. The Defendant was then arrested for DUI. The Defendant then provided breath samples of .129 and .129. The Defendant’s license was suspended for child support so he was also charged with driving while license suspended with knowledge.
Results: the firm set the case for trial and prior to trial the state dropped both the DUI and Driving while suspended charges.