Police: Drunk Driver’s Blood Alcohol Was 4 Times Legal Limit, Drove On 2 Flat Tires
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COOPER CITY, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Authorities say a local man was arrested for driving under the influence after he drove for several miles on two flat tires as they attempted to pull him over.
According to the Florida Sun-Sentinel, when 45-year-old Stephen Matthew Sisson was finally detained by police early Sunday morning, his blood alcohol level was found to be four times that of the legal limit.
While in Fort Lauderdale, Sisson’s two flat tires – both on the left side of the car – were spotted by Florida Highway Patrol troopers as he waited at a red light. The troopers put on their emergency lights and approached the vehicle.
Instead of speaking with them, however, Sisson reportedly drove away from the scene, an arrest report obtained by the Sun-Sentinel indicates.
Troopers followed Sisson as he drove onward, slowing at times for red lights before reportedly proceeding “straight through them.”
A deputy with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office joined the “very slow” chase until he was stopped by other deputies blocking the road.
Sisson was said to have smelled of alcohol and exhibited confusion when given simple instructions. He claimed to be on medication to treat alcoholism, but was unsure of the name. He also told authorities that his mother administered the medication.
“It was clear to me the defendant was highly impaired and that there was a significant risk that the defendant would fall and injure himself if I continued with the other sobriety exercises,” Deputy Ryan E. Clifton was quoted as saying in the report.
A breathalyzer test showed Sisson’s blood alcohol level to be between .320 and .326.
Sisson was subsequently arrested and is being held at Broward Main Jail. His bond is said to be set at $10,000.
The Sun-Sentinel learned that he now faces multiple charges, including DUI, having an enhanced DUI reading above .150 and damaging the road surface.