A Lady Lake man with tiny bottles of cinnamon Fireball whiskey tucked in his pockets was arrested on a drunk driving charge.
John Joseph McIntyre, 37, had been at the wheel of a dark-colored Chevrolet pickup at about 6 p.m. Friday traveling north on County Road 470 when he nearly had a head-on collision with a Sumter County sheriff’s deputy. When the deputy caught up with McIntyre’s truck, the deputy observed the truck had “severe” front-end damage and the front driver’s airbag had deployed, according to the arrest report. McIntyre denied he had been involved in an accident. It appeared he had been drinking.
While deputies were investigating the situation, McIntyre’s wife called the sheriff’s office dispatch to report that her husband “had been drinking alcohol and doing cocaine,” the arrest report said.
A Glock pistol was removed from the center console of McIntyre’s pickup. Two bottles of Fireball whiskey were found in his pockets. One of them was unsealed.
He refused to participate in field sobriety exercises.
He was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence. He was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center and released after posting $500 bond.