A drunk man with three previous DUI convictions got arrested in Florida on August 11th, 2020. According to authorities, Paul Burke of Fort McCoy was riding his lawnmower west in the center lane of Highway 316 in Marion County. He was traveling way below the posted speed limit of 55-mph making him an accident risk.
Arrest Caught on Dashcam
The dashcam video of Burke’s arrest was released a few hours later that showed a deputy asking him whether he was aware of riding in the middle of the road. Burke replied he had no idea that he was on the highway.
The deputy realized Burke was probably inebriated and asked him how many drinks he had had. Burke admitted to having a couple. The deputy reported that he could easily smell the alcohol on Burke.
Drunk Man Heads Home on His Lawnmower
Burke told the deputy that he had left his home on the lawn mower earlier and was now heading home. Burke claimed to not have any driver’s license at all. He also told the deputy that field sobriety tests are unnecessary. He admitted to drinking before leaving his home.
According to the footage, Burke was unable to walk at all. He told the deputy to write him a ticket and let him go on. The deputy declined and asked Burke if he was willing to do the field exercises. Burke refused and told the deputy to take him to jail.
Sherriff’s officials reported that Burke was taken to Marion County Jail on a DUI charge. Burke has been convicted on DUI charges three times prior this arrest. He has had his license revoked or suspended at least seven times for refusing to submit to breath tests and prior DUI incidents.
Implied Consent in Florida
Motorists can be charged with DUI for driving under the influence or having a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of 0.08% or more. It is important to speak with a DUI lawyer as soon as possible because Florida follows an implied consent law.
Under this all drivers arrested on DUI charges are legally required to consent to a breath, urine or blood test to determine the amount of alcohol and drugs in their system. Drunk driving accident lawyers state that those who refuse to submit to these tests can face a one-year license revocation. There is an 18-month revocation for all subsequent refusals.
Experienced drunk driving accident attorneys tend to advise to submit to these tests since a refusal could be used to prove culpability at trial. Drunk driving charges can be difficult to navigate. DUI attorneys can advise on the best way to move forward.