DEFUNIAK SPRINGS – An alert motorist tipped off authorities to a possible intoxicated driver after he reported a truck that had driven into oncoming traffic, almost hitting another motorist.
The vehicle was a blue pickup with a bed full of items, the caller told the dispatcher. He told her that the truck had pulled onto the school access road for Mossy Head Elementary School.
A Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputy went to the school and found the truck on a nearby access road.
The driver didn’t notice the deputy who was trying to pull him over. He also did not have a license tag on the back of his truck. Instead, it was hanging in the rear window.
When the 22-year-old Florala man finally pulled over, the deputy noted that the pickup's exhaust was so strong he couldn’t detect the smell of alcohol.
But when the man turned off his truck, the deputy could smell alcoholic beverages, according to his WCSO arrest report.
The man told the deputy he’d stopped so he could text his girlfriend. There were three empty beer cans in the back of the truck as well as an open bottle of beer and another of whiskey in the truck under the driver’s feet.
The man agreed to take a blood alcohol test and failed his field sobriety tests. His blood alcohol content was .137 and .144, nearly twice the legal limit.
He was charged with DUI.