A Florida man has been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), but he only drinks while stopped at stop signs and stop lights, not while driving.

Florida Man Arrested At McDonald’s For DUI, But He Only Drinks At Stop Lights And Stop Signs

A Florida man has been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), but he only drinks while stopped at stop signs and stop lights, not while driving.

Deputies in Indian River County were called to a McDonald’s in Vero Beach because of a car that was playing bumper cars with a car in front of it at the drive-through window.

When deputies arrived, they found Earle Stevens, 69, in his vehicle with an open brown paper bag with a bottle of Jim Beam in it on the passenger’s seat.

A Florida man has been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), but he only drinks while stopped at stop signs and stop lights, not while driving.
Earle Stevens, 69

Stevens didn’t recall bumping the car in front of him.

The man only had a Florida ID card and told the responding deputy that he has never had a valid Florida driver’s license. 

The deputy reported a strong smell of alcohol on Stevens’ breath and saw his eyes were red and his speech was slurred and asked him how he was feeling.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” Stevens told the deputy, according to the arrest affidavit. 

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Stevens told the deputy he had about three or four drinks but he wasn’t drinking while the car was moving, only when he stopped for stop signs and traffic signals and said that he had prescription medication before he began drinking on his drive from Port St. Lucie to Indian River County. 

Stevens was asked to do a field sobriety test where deputies say the man swayed from side to side and blew a .153 and .147 on his breathalyzer test. 

He was arrested and charged with DUI and driving without a valid Florida license. He was booked into the Indian River County Jail.

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