Man arrested for DUI after speeding and driving recklessly on Indian River Drive

Christopher Johnson
Christopher Johnson

On Thursday, a man was arrested for DUI after speeding and driving recklessly on Indian River Drive in Sebastian, Florida.

“I observed a silver 4-door sedan traveling north on Indian River Drive at a high rate of speed. As the silver sedan drove around the bend near the entrance to Main Street boat ramp, I observed the right side of the vehicle leave the pavement and onto the grass shoulder,” the officer said.

Radar showed the vehicle traveling 66 mph in a posted 30 mph zone. Police conducted a traffic stop, and a female passenger quickly jumped out of the vehicle and ran to the officer.

“I want to get out of this car because he was drunk,” the passenger told police.

The driver was identified as Christopher Johnson, 49, of Sebastian. The officer said Johnson appeared intoxicated and failed to provide him a driver’s license.

Johnson said he was at the No Name Bar in Sebastian

“I could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. Then, while Christopher was standing directly in front of me, I observed that his body was swaying from front to back,” the officer said.

The female passenger also told the officer that Johnson had been consuming tequila. She said the open bottle was still inside the vehicle. 

“While conducting a vehicle search after incident to arrest, I located a half-consumed bottle of Camarena Tequila directly underneath the driver’s seat,” the officer said.

After conducting field sobriety tests, Johnson was arrested for DUI. He would not provide a breath sample to determine his Blood Alcohol Content.

Johnson was charged with DUI with Refusal and transported to the Indian River County Jail. 

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