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Belleview man found passed out in Dollar General lot charged with 4th DUI

Mark James Havens

A 60-year-old Belleview man with three DUI convictions on his record was arrested on another drunk-driving charge after being found shirtless and passed out in his truck in a store parking lot.

Mark James Havens, 8990 SE 124th Lane, was charged with DUI (fourth or subsequent offense). A Marion County sheriff’s deputy dispatched Tuesday evening to a well-being check at the Dollar General Store, 7129 E. Hwy. 25, observed Havens in a black 1996 Dodge pickup truck, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The deputy observed the keys were still in the ignition. Havens had bloodshot eyes, his speech was slurred, and the smell of intoxicating beverages was emitting from within the vehicle. Havens told the deputy he drank “a few” beers earlier in the day, the report said.

Another deputy responded and observed the vehicle was parked at an odd angle and was halfway out of the parking space, with the passenger-side front and rear tires in the grass. The second deputy observed Havens’ face was flushed, his eyes were bloodshot and watery, and his speech was slow, slurred and mumbled, according to the report.

Havens failed a series of field sobriety tests and was taken to the Marion County Jail, where a breathalyzer test came back with results of .132 and .115. A records check showed Havens was convicted of DUI in 1985 and 1990 in Georgia, and 2014 in Marion County, the report said.

Havens was released from jail Thursday on $15,000 bond. He’ll appear in Marion County Court on Aug. 4.

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