By Ryan Yousefi
A man was arrested after police discovered him intoxicated and sleeping while his car was running at a Coral Springs intersection.
And this wasn’t his first or second time.
On September 2, Coral Springs Police received an anonymous tip about Jose Manuel Gonzalez, 31, sitting in a parking lot drinking alcohol in his car.
The caller indicated the man had started his car and left. However, before he drove away, the caller gave officers a description of what the man looked like and the color and make of his vehicle — a gray Nissan sedan.
A BOLO call was sent out to officers in the area when a cruiser traveling westbound observed a car and driver that matched Gonzales’ description at the intersection of Sample Road and Riverside Drive.
Officers approached the vehicle and encountered Gonzalez asleep at the wheel.
As officers knocked on the car window when they immediately smelled alcohol emanating from the vehicle. Once he awoke, Gonzalez presented numerous telltale signs of being under the influence of alcohol, including slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.
While being read his Miranda rights, Gonzalez admitted to officers he had been drinking a Long Island Iced Tea and agreed to a field sobriety test to determine if he was too impaired to drive. However, Gonzalez was unable to exit the vehicle by himself or with officers’ help, and it was determined it would be too dangerous to allow him to attempt the test in his current state.
As officers attempted to transport him to the police station for further tests and questioning, he remained unsteady and unable to walk without using the police patrol car to balance himself.
Once at the Coral Springs Police Department, Gonzalez again attempted and failed to perform a sobriety test. Officers determined it was time to move forward with a standard breathalyzer test, which Gonzalez violently failed, registering a .263-percent and a .276-percent in two attempts.
The blood alcohol limit in Florida to legally operate a vehicle is .08-percent. Gonzalez registered three times the limit on both attempts, bypassed by a large margin the second limit of .15-percent to distinguish between lesser DUI charges.
Further investigation revealed Gonzalas had been arrested for DUI twice prior within the past ten years and that his driver’s license had been revoked in 2013.
Gonzalez was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, driving with a blood-alcohol level greater than .15-percent, and driving with a revoked license. He posted bail the next day.
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- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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