FREEPORT — A man being arrested for DUI and driving on a suspended license asked a cop to hold his cigarette before he started his field sobriety tests.
The 28-year-old man was pulled over while driving on U.S. Highway 331 on Jan. 13 because his tags expired in July 2017, according to a Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. The man lit a cigarette as the deputy approached his vehicle. When the deputy asked the man for his driver’s license, registration and insurance, the man “had a difficult time pulling out his driver’s license and handed me two registrations from another vehicle,” the deputy wrote in his report.
Additionally, as the man was speaking to the deputy, he was slurring his words and appeared to be very confused about where he was going. He admitted to having one beer three hours prior.
Dispatch confirmed the man’s driver’s license had been suspended in Oct. 2017 for prior traffic violations.
The deputy asked the man to exit his vehicle and put out his cigarette so he could conduct a field sobriety test, and the man asked him if he would hold his cigarette, something the deputy wrote “was an unusual response.”
To no surprise, the man performed poorly on the field sobriety test and blew a .312 on a breathalyzer exam. He was arrested for driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.