A Winter Haven man is facing his third DUI conviction after Clearwater police arrested him last week for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol with a child passenger.
Police say the 59-year-old man was weaving in and out of traffic near Court Street and Fort Harrison Avenue in the late afternoon of April 19. Upon stopping the man’s pickup truck, police say they discovered a 10-year-old child in the vehicle as well, along with a pair of dogs.
Officers say the man declined to submit to a field sobriety test and a breath test, but he allegedly admitted to officers on the scene that he had consumed alcoholic drink shortly before climbing behind the wheel.
According to officers at the scene, the man displayed the telltale signs of inebriation, including slurred speech and emanating the odor of adult beverages. He was taken into custody at the scene.
The Florida native was transported to the Pinellas County Jail and booked on charges of neglect of a child without great bodily harm, refusal to submit to testing, and DUI (third in ten years). He was released early the next morning after posting a bond of $5,650.
Officers noted that this was the man’s third arrest for DUI, but the particulars of the first two arrests were not provided.
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.