Village of Hillsborough resident ordered by judge to stay away from booze

John Noah Oelkers

A Village of Hillsborough man has been ordered by a judge to stay away from booze.

John Noah Oelkers, 59, of 3752 Wine Palm Way, on March 7 in Lake County Court entered a plea of no contest to a charge of driving under the influence. A charge of refusal to submit a breath sample was dismissed. He has been placed on probation for one year and ordered to perform 50 hours of community. Judge Cary Rada has also ordered Oelkers not to possess or consume alcohol.

Oelkers had been at the wheel of a white pickup truck at about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 15 when he was spotted traveling at 60 miles an hour in a 50 mph zone, according to an arrest report from the Fruitland Park Police Department. Oelkers kept driving even after the police officer activated his overhead lights and siren. A traffic stop was initiated at State Road 25 and Hartsock Sawmill Road and when the officer approached Oelkers’ vehicle, it appeared he had been drinking. Oelkers refused to participate in field sobriety exercises. Oelkers was transported to the Lake County Jail, where he “continuously stated that he needed to urinate,” according to the officer’s report. The officer asked Oelkers if he would consent to providing a urine sample, and after consenting, he proceeded to urinate into a sample cup, according to the report. However, Oelkers refused to provide a breath sample.

Oelkers was sentenced to three years probation in 1997 on charges of discharging a firearm in public and carrying a concealed weapon.