A 69-year-old Ocala man’s blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit when he was charged with DUI after barely making it home recently.
At around 11 p.m., a Marion County sheriff’s deputy observed a black pickup truck in front of him driving recklessly, crossing over the double-yellow lane divider and then back onto the shoulder. The vehicle almost came to a complete stop in the lane before making a left turn onto Cedar Road when there was no other traffic on the road, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The deputy followed the vehicle as it made another left turn onto Cedar Terrace, almost striking a “no-outlet” sign in the process. The deputy initiated a traffic stop at that point and the vehicle continued a short time before pulling into the residence at 12 Cedar Terrace, the report said.
The deputy spoke with the driver, Willie Charles Morman, and observed several indicators of impairment. Morman had urinated on himself, his eyes were bloodshot and watery, and he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Asked how much he had to drink, Morman said he had, “a bit.” His speech was slow and slurred, according to the report.
Morman agreed to perform a series of field sobriety exercises but was unable to complete them due to his level of impairment. He provided breath samples that returned results of .167 and .160 BAC, the report said.
Morman was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released Wednesday on $1,000 bond.