On April 1, 2014, Volusia County Sheriff deputies detained a man who had allegedly fallen asleep behind the wheel of his passenger vehicle while having a late-night snack from Taco Bell. A news report indicates that a witness had been observing the motorist as he drove in an erratic manner beforehand. The man is now facing DUI penalties.
At around 12:30 a.m., 911 dispatch received a call from the concerned witness, who reported seeing a car unable to stay in the middle of the traffic lane. The caller also mentioned that the suspect allegedly drove his car onto a curb briefly and then stopped at a traffic light and remained there for several minutes without moving.
Paramedics arrived along with the deputies to the intersection of Courtland Boulevard and Doyle Road. Deputies noticed that the car was running and the driver had managed to keep his foot on the brake. He was holding on to a half-eaten burrito and did not wake up despite police officers and rescuers knocking on the windows, which eventually had to be smashed.
The deputies reportedly noticed that the driver had bloodshot eyes and the smell of liquor on his breath, and they proceeded to conduct BAC tests. Police eventually detained the man and issued a DUI charge against him. It is not clear if it was his 1st DUI offense; however, deputies reported that his breathalyzer results returned as .173 percent and .177 percent.
There was no report of injury, damage or other potentially negative circumstance to warrant a felony DUI, and thus the suspect was booked on a misdemeanor DUI charge. Since it appears that he did not refuse a breathalyzer test, the driver will still be able to drive with some restrictions over the next few days. With adequate counsel from a DUI attorney, the driver might be able to hold on to his driving privileges throughout the administrative and judicial processes.