Speeding DUI suspect arrested with marijuana and empty box from bottle of cognac

Brian Dixon

A speeding drunk driving suspect was arrested with marijuana and an empty box from a bottle of cognac.

Brian Marquis Dixon, 27, had been driving an Acura at about 7 p.m. Tuesday on County Road 44A when he was captured on radar traveling at 46 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy initiated a traffic stop.

Dixon pulled into a driveway at 703 Fourth Ave. in Wildwood and got out of the vehicle. Dixon told the deputy he “did not think he did anything wrong so he did not believe he had to stop,” the arrest report said. Dixon’s speech was slurred and the deputy detected the odor of marijuana. Underneath the passenger seat of the vehicle, the deputy found a bag containing marijuana.

An empty cardboard box package for Remy Martin V.S.O.P., an alcoholic liquor, was found on the vehicle’s floorboard. The bottle was no longer present, the report indicated.

The deputy asked Dixon if he had been drinking, to which he responded he had consumed a 12-ounce can of Bud Light beer earlier in the evening.

Dixon agreed to participate in field sobriety exercises, but he stumbled and lost his balance. He provided breath samples that registered .030 and .028 blood alcohol content. He also provided a urine sample.

Dixon was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. He was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center and released after posting $600 bond.