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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Ocala man arrested with nearly three times legal blood alcohol limit

An Ocala man, who was arrested for driving under the influence, threatened to spit on law enforcement officers and submitted a breathalyzer test showing nearly three times the legal blood alcohol limit.

On May 24, a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office observed a gray pickup truck being driven “erratically” by 34-year-old David Gilbert.

The deputy, who reported that the same vehicle had cut him off earlier, said the vehicle approached the rear of his patrol car at a high rate of speed. After he activated his rear lights, Gilbert slammed his brakes and began to weave back and forth across the road while striking both the right and left shoulder barriers more than once.

The deputy reported the driver appeared to have difficulty standing and when approached, stated he had a gun, says the report. The driver placed the weapon in his vehicle and the deputy reported he could smell alcohol emitting from the vehicle, says the report.

After being transported to the Marion County Jail, Gilbert made threats to spit on people and began yelling at the deputy. He eventually agreed to conduct a breath test and it reported a .223 and.226, reveals the report.

Gilbert was charged with battery and driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was set at $1,500 and has a court date set for June 29 at 9 a.m., jail records show.