A trailer-pulling 73-year-old Ocala man was arrested recently after concerned citizens reported that he was unable to maintain his lane of travel, had smacked into a trash can and was driving recklessly.
Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to the 5100 block of N.E. 7th Street to look for the gray Chevy Suburban that was pulling a 16-foot-long equipment trailer. Deputies observed that one of the wheels on the trailer was bent, causing it to drag and smoke while the vehicle was moving, a sheriff’s office report states.
Deputies performed a traffic stop at 601 N.E. 53rd Court and made contact with the driver, Charles Preston Jordan. He exited his vehicle and deputies noted that the front of his pants was wet, “as if he urinated on himself.” Deputies also reported that Jordan had slurred, mumbled speech and bloodshot watery eyes and they could smell an intoxicating beverage emitting from his breath. Jordan told deputies he had consumed “a couple beers,” the report says.
Deputies reported that the front trailer tire was bent outward and the rear bumper of the Suburban was damaged and bent back. The rear driver’s side window also had “fresh damage” and “possibly a silver metal piece of fencing stuck in it.”
Deputies invited Jordan to participate in field sobriety exercises, which he failed. He was then placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail, where it was determined that he had urinated and defecated on himself. It also determined that he had struck a fence and a trash can before the deputy stopped him and an Ocala Police officer responded to investigate that crash.
Jordan, who lives on N.E. 53rd Court in Ocala, provided breath samples showing .196 and .198 blood-alcohol content. A records check showed that he had been convicted of driving under the influence in December 1984 in Duval County.
Jordan was charged with DUI (.15 or higher), DUI-property damage and fleeing the scene of an accident with property damage. He was released on $3,000 bond and is due in court June 7 and June 9 to answer to the charges, jail records show.