VERO BEACH, Florida — In a hair-splitting defense, a man caught behind the wheel with a bottle of booze, claimed he wasn’t drinking and driving because he was only taking sips at stop signs.
Earle Stevens Jr., 69, was stopped after a woman complained he kept hitting her rear bumper in a McDonald’s drive-thru in Vero Beach, Florida.
Cops say that not only did Stevens not have a driver’s license, he had an open bottle of Jim Beam bourbon in a brown paper bag on the passenger’s seat and stank of booze. Stevens told cops he felt “pretty good.”
“He further explained that he was not drinking while the car was moving and only when he stopped for stop signs and traffic signals,” the affidavit stated, according to TCPalm.com.
He admitted imbibing “actively” on the road from Port St. Lucie to Indian River County. There are many stops in the approximately 30 miles Stevens says he drove.
Cops didn’t buy Stevenss’ defense and he was arrested for DUI and driving without a license after failing a field sobriety test. Investigators later determined Stevens had a blood alcohol level as high as 0.153, nearly double the legal limit.