Man shows up drunk for work: “I’m from Queens, Florida!”

Salvatore Sammartino
Salvatore Sammartino

VERO BEACH – The Bent Pine Golf Club called law enforcement after one of their employees showed up drunk and began yelling at people, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

A person at the clubhouse told deputies that 49-year-old Salvatore Sammartino was just fired and causing a disturbance on the property.

The caller said Salvatore was trying to leave in a Gold Mustang after being asked not to drive drunk.

As a deputy arrived, he spotted Salvatore driving the vehicle on Club House Drive towards the gate. The clubhouse called the security guard and asked him not to let Salvatore exit the property.

“I could observe through the windshield and driver side that the white male driver appeared to be falling asleep while driving,” the deputy said.

“The Mustang could not maintain its lane and approached a sharp curve at approximately 40 mph which caused the vehicle to go into oncoming lanes,” the deputy added.

The deputy stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver. Salvatore was slurring his speech and had a strong alcohol smell emitting from his breath as he spoke, according to the report.

Salvatore said he was just trying to leave, as he stepped out of his vehicle and was unsteady on his feet. Salvatore agreed to do field sobriety exercises, which indicated he was too impaired to drive.

The deputy noticed Salvatore’s identification said “New York” and asked him what part he was from. Salvatore replied: “I am from Queens Florida!” Salvatore nearly fell asleep while talking to the deputy.

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Two bottles of brown whiskey were located in the front passenger seat of Salvatore’s vehicle. A Gatorade bottle in the center console contained a brown liquid consistent with the same smell from the whiskey bottle.

Salvatore was arrested for DUI and for not having a Florida driver’s license and transported to the Indian River County Jail facility.

While at the jail, Salvatore submitted a breath sample which was .289, then .312, and finally .300. The samples were more than three times the legal limit.

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About Jennifer Balakrishnan
Jennifer Balakrishnan lives in Vero Beach, Florida. She moved to Indian River County when she was 6-years-old. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree at Florida State University. She writes our crime stories and is one of our food/restaurant critics.