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Former Pinellas County Official Charged With Drunk Driving In Hillsborough County

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A former Pinellas County elected official was arrested last week after Tampa police say he was apprehended in the midst of driving while drunk.

The 61-year-old former county commissioner and transit board chairman was allegedly parked across the street from a Tampa apartment complex on November 20 when police were alerted to his presence in the area. Upon arrival, officers say they encountered the man in his black Corvette parked near near W Platt Street and S Delaware Avenue. They say the vehicle’s engine was running and the headlights were on.

Officers say that, upon approaching his vehicle, they requested that he roll down his window. Instead, they say he activated the car’s air conditioning, ultimately failing to obey the request. They say he seemed dazed and glassy-eyed at the time and, while the officers were still present, he put the vehicle in gear and drove off in a manner they described as reckless.

He was stopped again shortly after by a DUI officer responding to the scene. Noting the smell of alcoholic drink on his breath and that his speech was exceedingly slurred, the officer requested a breath test for alcohol. Officers say the two tests came back with blood-alcohol contents measured at 0.209% and 0.213%, significantly above Florida’s legal limit of 0.08%.

The Georgia native was arrested at the scene and transported to Hillsborough County Jail, where he was booked on a single charge of driving under the influence early on the morning of the 21st. He posted a bond of $500 and was released around dawn that same morning.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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