Indian River County – Earl Stevens Jr. stated that he didn’t drink while driving.
Instead, he only consumed bourbon at stop signs and traffic lights. Stevens’ explanation, however, did not save him from prison on a hopeless act after the June 27 incident at Vero Beach, according to the sworn testimony.
Due to possible unrest, Indian River County Sheriff’s officers went to McDonald’s located in the 700th block of South U.S. 1 Vero Beach. According to the woman, the car in front of her continued to smash her rear bumper. She pointed out a car driven from Vero Beach by Stevens, 69.
Stevens claimed that he had never held a Florida driver’s license. Deputies discovered that Stevens had an open bottle of alcohol in a brown bag in his passenger seat.
Stevens said that he smelled of booze and felt “okay”.
He claimed he was sipping Jim Beam Bourbon from a bottle on the passenger seat. He claimed he was drinking at “stop signs”.
The affidavit states that “he also explained that he didn’t drink while the car was in motion and only when he stopped at traffic lights and stop signs.” He stated that he was “actively” consuming alcohol from Port St. Lucie to Indian River County.
Between Port Saint Lucy, Indian River County, there are numerous stop signs and traffic signals
Stevens was involved in a field sobriety exercise and was later arrested for DUI and driving without a license.
Breath tests at the Indian River County Jail showed that Stevens had blood alcohol levels of 0.153 and 0.147 above the legal limit of 0.08.
Stevens stated that he was a victim of two DUI offenses in Missouri.