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Monday, February 6, 2023

Ocala man with permanently revoked license arrested for another DUI

An Ocala man whose license has been permanently revoked for having more than four DUIs on his record, was arrested on another DUI charge.

On May 25, a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy reported that he saw a truck being driven by 58-year-old James Witherspoon that was severely damaged and had an unreadable tag.

After conducting a traffic stop, the deputy said he could smell a strong odor of alcohol emitting from the vehicle. When asked for his license, Witherspoon stated he did not have a valid license and that it was suspended.

The deputy, who said the man’s conversation was slurred and his eyes appeared to be bloodshot, observed a “Busch” beer beverage in the cup holder. Witherspoon initially said he only consumed three Busch beers, according to the sheriff’s report.

Witherspoon refused to complete a sobriety test and changed his statement to consuming six beers. He also refused to provide a breath sample, according to the report.

Witherspoon was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail with a set bond of $21,000. Witherspoon was charged with a DUI for refusal to submit a DUI test, a moving traffic violation and a DUI fourth offense. He has a court date set for June 29 at 9:00 a.m., jail records show.