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Ocala man with three prior DUI convictions charged again

Brian Patrick Duffy

An Ocala man with three prior drunk-driving convictions was arrested again after being stopped for running a red light and swerving along SE 58th Avenue.

Brian Patrick Duffy was charged with DUI (fourth or subsequent offense) and refusing to submit to a DUI test after a license suspension. He was previously convicted of DUI in August 1991, August 1998, and August 2005.

Shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, a Marion County sheriff’s deputy observed a white SUV turn right from SE 66th Street onto SE 58th Avenue after the light turned red.  The deputy observed the vehicle fail to maintain the left lane and continuously swerve into the right lane. At one point, the vehicle drove in the middle of the roadway before being pulled over, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The deputy observed several indicators of impairment and called another deputy to assist. The second deputy arrived and asked Duffy if he had anything to drink, and Duffy responded, “a little.” Duffy’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, and his speech was slow, mumbled and lethargic. He had difficulty forming basic sentences, the report said.

Duffy refused to submit to a series of field sobriety exercises, even after being told the refusal could be used against him in court. While being walked to the patrol car, Duffy’s coordination was so poor that the deputy had to brace him to keep him from falling, according to the report.

Duffy also refused to provide a breath sample at the Marion County Jail, where he was released later in the day on $6,000 bond.

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