A man who maintained that he was the designated driver for his friend ended up arrested on a charge of driving under the influence in St. Lucie County. According to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, the arrested man was clocked by a deputy sheriff driving a pickup truck a 75 miles-per-hour in a 50 miles-per-hour zone. This occurred on the North Kings Highway on a Friday night.The deputy contended that he smelled alcohol coming from the cab of the pickup when he pulled the vehicle over for speeding. When pulled over by the sheriff’s deputy, the driver announced that he was returning from a bar, after being a designated driver for others. The driver is a 48-year old man who lived in the area.
The deputy further noted that the driver has the smell of alcohol on his breath. In addition, the deputy reported that the driver appeared have glassy and watery eyes.
The sheriff’s deputy, following normal procedure, asked the driver to submit to field sobriety testing. The driver refused. At that juncture, the man was arrested by the law enforcement officer.
The driver was charged with DUI and speeding. No disposition of the case has occurred. Further proceedings have been scheduled in St. Lucie County. There is no information as to whether the driver has previous charges for driving under the influence, or whether this is his first case.