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Six DUI arrests in Marion County over two-week span

Over a two-week period, from February 13 through February 25, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested six individuals who were suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Jose Rivas-Sierra, 40, of Ocala

An MCSO deputy responded to a call regarding a pickup truck that was swerving across lanes, nearly causing an accident. The deputy located the vehicle on S Highway 301, and the driver, identified as Jose Rivas-Sierra, was “passed out behind the wheel with the engine running,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Jose Rivas-Sierra
Jose Rivas-Sierra

Rivas-Sierra remained unconscious in the vehicle until the deputy shined a light on his face. Once awake, MCSO stated that Rivas-Sierra admitted to drinking and consented to field sobriety exercises.

After the exercises were completed, the deputy determined that Rivas-Sierra was “unfit to operate a vehicle.” He was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail on February 14, where he refused to provide a breath sample.

Rivas-Sierra was released from jail the same day after posting a $500 bond, and he is being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.

Dylan Dwight Schnarrs, 26, of Dunnellon

An MCSO corporal initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that ran a red light while traveling at a high rate of speed. The corporal made contact with the driver, identified as Dylan Dwight Schnarrs, and observed that Schnarrs appeared to have difficulty retrieving his documents and communicating, according to the sheriff’s office.

Dylan Dwight Schnarrs
Dylan Dwight Schnarrs

Schnarrs was ordered to exit the vehicle, and the corporal watched as Schnarrs “struggled to open his door and maintain his balance.” MCSO stated that during field sobriety exercises, Schnarrs admitted to drinking, and he further stated that he “messed up and shouldn’t have been driving.”

Schnarrs was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail on February 13, where he registered breath alcohol content levels of .145 and .157. He was released from jail the following day after posting a $1,000 bond, and he is being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.

Antonio Bernard White, 45, of Ocala

Several MCSO deputies responded to a call regarding a man, identified as Antonio Bernard White, and they were informed that White had already left the scene. The sheriff’s office stated that White had 25 active license suspensions, including a prior DUI and three fleeing and eluding convictions.

Antonio Bernard White
Antonio Bernard White

An MCSO deputy located White’s vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. White consented to field sobriety tests, and his poor performance resulted in a charge for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In addition, cocaine was allegedly found in his possession, according to the sheriff’s office.

White was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail on February 24, where he refused to provide a breath sample. He was released from jail the following day after posting a $20,000 bond, and he is facing the following charges: possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and driving with a suspended license (habitual offender).

A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.

Gregorio Bolano Aparicio, 32, of Interlochen

MCSO stated that a man, identified as Gregorio Bolanos Aparicio, attempted to flee from the scene of an accident, but he was quickly apprehended by witnesses prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

Gregorio Bolanos Aparicio
Gregorio Bolanos Aparicio

An MCSO deputy arrived on scene to conduct a DUI investigation. According to the sheriff’s office, Bolanos Aparicio failed several field sobriety exercises, and he was arrested and transported to Marion County jail on February 25.

While at the jail, Bolanos Aparicio registered breath alcohol content levels of .133 and .130. He was released from jail two days later after posting a $1,000 bond, and he is being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 29, according to jail records.

Igrccio Akeem Kalkai, 31, of Ocala

An MCSO deputy spotted a vehicle in the median on SE Maricamp Road. After making contact with the vehicle’s driver, identified as Igrccio Akeem Kalkai, the deputy could smell alcohol on his breath, according to the sheriff’s office.

Igrccio Akeem Kalkai
Igrccio Akeem Kalkai

MCSO stated that Kalkai consented to field sobriety exercises, and his poor performance led to his arrest. He was transported to Marion County Jail on February 24, where he registered breath alcohol content levels of .220 and .221.

Kalkai was released from jail the same day after posting a $1,000 bond. He is being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.

Robert Norman Brunault, 74, of Ocala

Two MCSO deputies initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle after it was observed swerving on the roadway. After making contact with the driver, identified as Robert Norman Brunault, the deputies detected the “scent of alcohol emanating from him,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Robert Norman Brunault
Robert Norman Brunault

MCSO stated that Brunault admitted to consuming wine, and he consented to field sobriety exercises. Due to his poor performance in those exercises, Brunault was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail on February 14, where he refused to undergo a breath test.

Brunault was released from jail the following day after posting a $500 bond. He is being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.

“If you are under the influence, there are many different ways you can get home other than driving yourself,” stated the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in a social media post on Tuesday, February 27. “It is all about choices.”

According to MCSO, those choices include:

  • Calling a friend or family member to pick you up.
  • Using a ridesharing service like Uber or Lyft.
  • Calling a taxi.
  • Taking public transportation, like SunTran.
  • Walking.
  • On most major holidays, AAA offers a free service called TOW-2-GO that can assist you in getting home safely.

“There is absolutely NO reason to get behind the wheel of any vehicle while you are under the influence of any mind-altering substance,” added the sheriff’s office. “Please do not make the wrong choice. We can put a value on a taxi ride, but we can’t put a value on a life.”