On December 3, 2017, a Hillsborough County Deputy observed the Defendant passed out and slumped over in the driver’s seat of a white Chevy van. The van was stopped in the roadway, on the wrong side of the road. The engine was running with keys in the ignition. The Deputy woke the Defendant and observed him to have a very strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath. The Defendant also had watery, bloodshot eyes. There was an open bottle of rum located between the two front seats. The Defendant admitted to drinking rum with his cousin but denied driving. The Defendant submitted to field sobriety exercises and exhibited several clues of impairment. The Defendant was arrested for DUI and refused to provide a breath sample.
Result: The case was set for trial and prior to the start of trial, the State dropped the DUI charge.