Local Man seen ‘nodding off’ while driving. Authorities say it’s his 3rd DUI Arrest.

A local man from Pinellas County was arrested by an off-duty firefighter/EMT who noticed the driver was nodding off. It turns out the off-duty EMT had just pulled over a serial drunken driving offender.  

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An Intoxicating History 

A Seminole man was charged with a DUI in January 2020, and it appears it was not his first offense. Pinellas County Sherriff’s Office reports that 50-year-old Robert Charles Holmes was “swerving in and out of traffic” and pulled over. Authorities say the driver smelled of alcohol, was slurring his speech, had unsteady balance, and refused a Breathalyzer test.  

Court records show this is not Holmes first time driving intoxicated. This is his third DUI charge and he seriously injured someone in 2014 during his second DUI charge. He also has been cited over 7 times in the past 20 years for driving with a suspended license as well as leaving the scene of a crash. 

Holmes was charged with felony DUI (driving under the influence) and refusing to submit for testing. He was booked into the Pinellas County jail and has a bail set at $2,500. 

Multiple DUI Arrest Attorney  

If you have a history of drunk driving arrests, the penalties can be severe. You need legal assistance from an experienced attorney who knows how to handle these serious charges. Call for a free case review today with Tampa, FL DUI attorney Ben Stechschulte. We will review the evidence and work with you to receive a fair and just outcome. 

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