Earle Stevens Jr., 69, had a novel defense in Florida when he was stopped by an officer on suspicion of drunk driving. According to the driver, Stevens insisted that that he had only been drinking at red lights and stop signs. The officer was not impressed by the claim that he was drinking then driving then drinking but never at the same time.
Police in Indian River County responded to a complaint that a man repeatedly ran into the back of a woman’s car at a McDonald’s drive-through. Stevens’ problems did not stop there. Stevens had an open bottle of bourbon in the front passenger seat and said he felt “pretty good.” He also did not have a valid Florida license. Finally, he admitted to having had “about three drinks.” He was previously charged twice with DUI in Missouri.
Stevens registered a blood alcohol content of between 0.153 and 0.147. The state limit is 0.08.