Law enforcement officers had some interesting encounters with people who allegedly had too much to drink over the weekend, including a woman who didn’t realize her car was falling apart, a man trying to sleep in a store’s garden department and another man whose snooze in the middle of a road wasn’t even interrupted by a passing rainstorm.
In the first incident, a witness to a hit-and-run accident in Seminole County told the Lake County Sheriff’s Office he was following the suspect’s vehicle near Sorrento just after midnight Sunday. The deputy who caught up with the black sedan said it was traveling very slowly, had smoke pouring from the passenger side and was making a lot of noise.
After stopping the vehicle, the deputy said he noticed the right rear tire was flat, the right front tire was completely gone and the car had front-end damage. The driver, Mary Olsen, 26, of Winter Springs, smelled of alcohol and was slurring her speech, the officer said. She also was oblivious to the condition of her car.
“I asked the defendant why her car was smoking and she stated that her car was brand new and was running fine, and that there was no damage to her car,” the officer said.
Olsen was charged with DUI.
In the second case, Clermont police were called to Wal-Mart Friday afternoon about a man sleeping on patio furniture in the Garden Center. The store’s loss prevention officer told police he recognized the homeless man, James Hayes, 51, and told him he was trespassing and couldn’t sleep there.
Hayes said, “Tough,” and went back to sleep, the loss prevention officer said.
Hayes, who police said smelled of alcohol, was charged with disorderly intoxication, trespassing and resisting arrest without violence after he allegedly lunged at an officer.
In the third case, Groveland police were summoned to Groveland Farms Road in response to a call about a man lying in the middle of the road late Friday night. They responded and said the man, Enrique Briones-Martinez, 39, of Mascotte, was highly intoxicated.
One officer noted it had been raining for the past 20 minutes but there was a dry spot on the road where Briones-Martinez had been sleeping, indicating he slept through the shower. The man was charged with disorderly intoxication.
Briones-Martinez told police that sleeping in the road was not a big deal in Mexico, according to an arrest affidavit.