A man has been arrested after police found him sleeping behind the wheel with an open can of beer in the vehicle. The drunk driving arrest occurred at approximately 1:20 a.m. on Sunday, March 31. The man, a resident of Boynton Beach, was driving a Dodge Avenger when he fell asleep close to the 1500 block on North Federal Highway.
When police pulled over to investigate the why the car was parked on the road, the vehicle’s high beam lights were on. The arrest report states that the driver was “slumped forward” when an officer found him; the Boynton Beach police officer initially thought that the man might be unconscious. The report also states that the car smelled of alcohol and that the smell “got stronger” when the man began to speak.
After his arrest, the man was charged with multiple charges. In addition to a DUI charge, it is also alleged that the man knowingly drove with a suspended license. The man was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail before being released later in the day on Sunday.
Being charged with a DUI is a serious matter and often results in the suspension of one’s driving privileges, and if someone is caught driving with a suspended license while they are intoxicated, Florida judges can be harsh when it comes to sentencing. It’s important for those facing DUI charges to contact a criminal law attorney to help them prepare a solid defense. A skilled attorney may be able to get charges dismissed if the police improperly handled the evidence or if an arrest was made because of an unlawful detention.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Man charged with DUI appeared to be asleep in car, say police,” Brett Clarkson, April 1, 2013
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