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Authorities: Man told officer he only drank when car stopped

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 12, 2018 at 1:50 p.m.

This June 27, 2018, booking photo made available by the Indian County sheriff's office, Fla., shows Earle Stevens Jr., under arrest for DUI and driving without a valid Florida driver's license.



VERO BEACH, Fla. — A Florida man told the officer who pulled him over that he was taking swigs of bourbon only when he stopped at traffic lights and stop signs — so he wasn't drinking and driving.

Indian River County sheriff's deputies still arrested 69-year-old Earle Stevens Jr. on June 27 on charges of DUI and driving without a license.

TCPalm reported that Stevens told investigators he's never had a valid Florida driver's license.

An arrest affidavit states Stevens smelled of booze. He told them he felt "pretty good" and that he wasn't drinking while the car was moving.

Deputies were initially called to a report of a disturbance at a McDonald's restaurant, where a woman said Stevens' vehicle kept striking her rear bumper in the drive-thru.

No attorney was listed on jail records.

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0boxerssuddenlinknet says... July 12, 2018 at 2:08 p.m.

you got to give the man credit. even drunk he was pretty quick on his feet with that one.

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BEARTRAP919 says... July 12, 2018 at 6:57 p.m.

This Man thinks fast enough to lead one or more of Trumpet Mans Cabinets.

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greggies says... July 12, 2018 at 7:26 p.m.

This beats my dad, who, when stopped for driving the wrong way on a one-way street in Houston, told the officer "I was only going one way".

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MaxCady says... July 12, 2018 at 8:19 p.m.

My wife keeps telling me I drink too much. I say, "no, I drink just the right amount!"

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