Snowbird sentenced on DUI charge following arrest near Winifred entrance

Robert Charles Revelli

A snowbird has been sentenced on a drunk driving charge following his arrest earlier this year near the Village of Winifred entrance.

A Community Watch driver contacted the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office to report that he was following a silver Cadillac traveling at five miles per hour at 1:31 a.m. March 16 on Buena Vista Boulevard. The driver said the Cadillac had fluctuated from speeds of five miles per hour to 40 mph, according to an arrest report. When a deputy arrived, the Cadillac had come to a complete stop on the roadway.

The driver, 76-year-old Robert Charles Revelli, of Philadelphia, Pa., was identified by his Pennsylvania driver’s license. The deputy advised Revelli of the reason for the traffic stop, but Revelli repeatedly responded, “I don’t know what you’re talking about sir.”

Revelli’s speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot. EMS arrived on the scene and the crew checked out Revelli, who did not appear to be suffering from a medical episode.

Revelli lost his balance three times during field sobriety exercises and at one point said he was unsure he was capable of completing the exercises “due to his age.” He provided breath samples that registered .125 and .128 blood alcohol content.

Last week in Sumter County Court, Revelli pleaded no contest in the case. He will lose his driver’s license for six months, has been placed on probation for one year and has been ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.