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Ocala man charged with DUI after drinking beer and vodka all day

Michael Gene Goolsby

A self-proclaimed severe alcoholic admitted he had been drinking all day when he was charged with DUI recently.

Michael Gene Goolsby, 44, of 221 Locust Pass Course in Ocala, was pulled over around 2 a.m. on Jan. 26 on SE Maricamp Road after passing a Marion County sheriff’s deputy at a high speed and weaving back and forth inside his lane. The deputy observed he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Goolsby said he was coming from a friend’s house and at first claimed he hadn’t had anything to drink. After failing a series of field sobriety tests and being placed under arrest, he said he had at least six beers and shouldn’t have been driving, the report said.

Goolsby was placed under arrest and taken to the Marion County Jail, where a breath-alcohol test came back with readings of .222 and .209 – more than twice the legal limit. While in the breath test room, Gooslby admitted to drinking for several days straight and drinking vodka since the previous morning. He said he was a severe alcoholic and drinks on a daily basis, according to the report.

Goolsby was released this past Monday on his own recognizance and will appear in Marion County Court on Feb. 19.

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