An Ocala man who said he was detoxing from anxiety medicine was arrested on a DUI charge after he ran a red light and nearly ran into a Marion County sheriff’s deputy’s patrol car.
The deputy was traveling south on South U.S. Highway 441 at around 7 p.m. Thursday. As she approached the intersection of SE 52nd Street, she saw a white Volkswagen enter the intersection and almost strike her. The deputy had a steady green light, while the Volkswagen had a steady red light, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The deputy followed the Volkswagen and saw it fail to maintain its lane. She conducted a traffic stop at the 6200 block of S. Pine Avenue and spoke with the driver, Patrick Gabriel Brinkmann, 35, of 2865 SW 90th St., who exhibited several indicators of impairment, the report said.
Another deputy picked up the investigation and observed Brinkmann’s eyes were bloodshot and watery. His face was pale and he was sweating profusely. Brinkmann was overly anxious and restless. The deputy did not observe any unusual odors. Brinkmann said he is detoxing from Alprazolam and is taking a therapeutic dose of Buprenorphine Hydrochloride, according to the report.
After agreeing to perform a series of field sobriety exercises, Brinkmann struggled through the walk-and-turn, one-leg-stand and finger-to-nose. The deputy determined Brinkmann’s normal faculties were impaired and charged him with DUI, the report said.
Brinkmann was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he provided breath and urine samples for testing. His BAC reading was 0.00. A certified drug recognition expert determined Brinkmann was impaired by a central nervous system stimulant and unable to operate a vehicle safely, according to the report.
Brinkmann was still being held Monday on $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Feb. 17.