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Lake Panasoffkee man charged with DUI in Ocala school zone

Dalton Charles Lavely

A 24-year-old Lake Panasoffkee man was charged with DUI after speeding through a school zone in Ocala recently.

Marion County sheriff’s deputies were conducting stationary radar in the area of Emerald Shores Elementary School at around 2:53 p.m. when they clocked a white Nissan traveling 36 mph in the 20-mph school zone on Oak Road. They tried to initiate a traffic stop and the vehicle turned west onto Cypress Road, almost causing a head-on collision with another vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The vehicle finally pulled over along the 100 block of Cypress Road and the deputy spoke with the driver, Dalton Charles Lavely. The deputy could smell a strong odor of alcohol emitting from Lavely’s breath and observed he had bloodshot eyes. Lavely would not look at the deputy as he provided his information, the report said.

Asked if he had any medical impairments, Lavely said he did not and he agreed to perform a series of field sobriety exercises, which he failed. Due to Lavely’s driving pattern, his performance in the field sobriety exercises and him appearing to be under the influence, he was placed under arrest, according to the report.

While conducting inventory of Lavely’s vehicle, the deputy found more than five 24-packs of different brands of beer, along with multiple empty beer cans in the front and back seat. Once at the Marion County Jail, Lavely provided breath samples that returned readings of .113 and .108, the report said.

Lavely was released the next day on $1,000 bond.

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