MIRAMAR BEACH — A 62-year-old man was arrested on DUI and other driving charges after leaving the scene of a crash and asking the other drivers not to contact police because he was drunk.
The man was involved in a traffic crash on May 24, according to a report from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. He fled the scene without giving information, but returned while a deputy was conducting an investigation and talking to the other party involved in the crash.
A passenger in the other car gave a sworn statement that the man asked them not to contact police because he was drunk.
After he returned to the scene, which was near the man’s house, one of the deputies noticed that the man was slurring his words and was unsteady on his feed, according to the report. The deputy asked him if he would be willing to perform a field sobriety test and the man said, “This is my castle; I don’t have to do anything.”
He told deputies he didn’t know where his license and registration were, even though the deputy saw him place them in his back pocket. He was uncooperative with deputies and declined to perform sobriety tests or take a breathalyzer.
The deputy continued to smell an odor of alcohol coming form the man’s breath.
He placed him under arrest for DUI and leaving the scene of a crash.