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Florida Man Arrested for DUI After Falling Asleep at Stoplight

On Monday, March 31, a 36-year-old man was arrested after being found asleep behind the wheel at a stoplight in Florida, reports the Daytona Beach News-Journal. He was holding a partially eaten burrito in his hand. It was early in the morning, and a witness is said to have called the police after they saw the man swerving on the road, then stop for a red light, staying stopped for 15 minutes through "several cycles of the traffic light". So officers from Volusia County came to the scene, and the suspect was still there, nodded off and holding a burrito, with his foot holding down the brake pedal of a car that was running.

Police said they knocked against his window for around ten minutes straight, with no response from the suspect. Officers resorted to smashing a window, making sure the car would stay put, and then tried to wake the suspect for a few more minutes. He did wake up eventually and ended up taking a breath test. The breathalyzer measured an alcohol content of 0.177.

There was no word on whether there were records of prior DUI arrests or convictions for this suspect, but even if it is his first DUI charge, he could be looking at severe penalties that could include:

  • $250-$1,000 in fines
  • 6 months in jail
  • 6 months-1 year without a driver's license
  • 1 year of probation
  • 50 hours of community service
  • A criminal record

That final punishment in particular can inflict lifelong consequences, one that can damage your reputation in your community, and then anywhere else that you apply for work or housing. If you face such devastating penalties, you cannot waste time in finding the best DUI lawyer you can. If you are looking for the right DUI attorney in Tampa, call Thomas & Paulk, P.A. Learn how former prosecutors can defend your rights and your future when you schedule your free consultation today!

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