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Police: Drunk Driver Claims He Was Only Drinking While Stopped

VERO BEACH, Fla. (CBS Local) – A Florida man stopped by police says he wasnt driving drunk, instead he was only drinking while stopped at traffic lights.

Earle Gustavas Stevens of Vero Beach was stopped on June 27 after a woman called 911, claiming Stevens hit her bumper several times in a McDonalds drive-thru lane.

According to the Indian River County Sheriffs Department, the 69-year-old Stevens smelled of alcohol, slurred his words, and had a bottle of Jim Beam in the passengers seat when he was stopped by officers.

“I asked him if he was drinking in the vehicle and he stated no,'” the arresting officers police report read. “When I asked him where he was drinking he stated, stop signs. 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 officer wrote.

Stevens drinking-while-stopped strategy did not pay off as his blood-alcohol level was reportedly twice the legal limit. He was arrested and charged with drunk driving and driving without a license.

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