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Natty-Beer-drinking Citra man charged with DUI after crash

Daniel Lee Hackney

A Citra man was charged with DUI after a single-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on NE 175th Street, just east of U.S. Hwy. 301.

Daniel Lee Hackney, 53, of 22100 S. U.S. Hwy. 441, was not injured in the mishap. His 1999 Ford F150 pickup was facing west in the eastbound lane against the concrete curb. The left-rear wheel was bent and deformed from striking the curb, and the curb was not damaged. There were tire marks from the eastbound lane indicating the vehicle rotated clockwise into the curb and came to a rest, according to the Florida Highway Patrol report.

Hackney was still in the driver’s seat when FHP troopers arrived. His eyes were red and his speech was badly slurred and mumbled. A trooper noticed Hackney’s breath smelled heavily of an alcoholic beverage, specifically beer. Three 16-ounce cans of Natty beer, one of which was empty, were found in the driver’s compartment, the report said.

Hackney told the troopers they were going put him in jail. When asked why, he didn’t answer. He admitted to driving the vehicle but denied being involved in a crash, insisting he had only blown a tire.  Hackney, who had to lean on the patrol car during the interview and had difficulty standing without stumbling, said he had two or three beers, according to the report.

Hackney failed a series of field sobriety tests and was arrested. While he was being handcuffed, he fell backwards and had to be assisted to his feet. Hackney was taken to the Marion County Jail, where a breath-alcohol test came back with readings of .286 and .278, the report said.

Hackney is being held on $500 bond and faces a July 8 date in Marion County Court.

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