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Man accused of DUI after driving golf cart wrong way on Hernando highway

Times staff

Posted: Feb 28, 2011 12:50 PM

BROOKSVILLE — Eric Perez predicted to deputies that he would have a hard time passing a sobriety test early Saturday.

Deputies say he was right.

A deputy stopped Perez, 36, as he was driving a golf cart in the wrong direction along State Road 50 shortly after midnight. The cart had no lights on, and Perez had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath, according to a Hernando County sheriff’s report.

Perez repeatedly told the deputy that he was going to have a hard time performing a series of sobriety exercises because he had been drinking, the report states. Perez was arrested on a charge of DUI, and at the jail his blood-alcohol levels were 0.251 and 0.242, both three times the level at which a person in Florida is presumed to be intoxicated.

The golf cart was returned to Frontier Campgrounds. Perez’s passenger was even more drunk than Perez, the report states, and arrangements were made for him to get home.

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