The 43-year-old mayor was driving 71 mph in a 45-mph zone on U.S. 19 near Cross Bayou Boulevard just after midnight when he was pulled over, according to the arrest affidavit. Police said he was driving through a construction zone at the time of his arrest.
Police allege that the man had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot and watery eyes and slurred speech.
The mayor apparently told police that he hadn’t had anything to drink that night.
The arresting officer said that the mayor performed poorly on sobriety tests, which led him to his conclusion that the man was drunk and “unfit to operate a vehicle in a safe manner,” according to the affidavit.
The mayor was placed under arrest and taken to the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center. He provided law enforcement with two samples of his breath for alcohol testing and came up with blood-alcohol content of 0.21, officials said. In Florida, intoxication is presumed at 0.08.
The mayor was released from jail Thursday morning.
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