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March 17, 2010

Tampa DUI And Drug Charges Filed Against Man Asleep Behind The Wheel

A Tampa man who was discovered by police asleep behind the wheel of a running car Monday night is facing a Tampa DUI and drug charges. According to 10 Connects, Joe Ben Sirmans had cocaine and muscle relaxants with him in his car when police investigated the man and his vehicle.

Sirmans was apparently driving with a suspended license at the time police found him unresponsive in the car. There were 54 tablets of Carisoprodol and 32 grams of coke along with almost $1400 in cash in the vehicle. After a DUI investigation, Sirmans was charged and his car was impounded.…

March 9, 2010

Holiday Man Charged With DUI For Sleeping In A Van Parked In His Driveway

When it comes to DUI charges in Florida, one of the most important terms you need to know is “actual physical control”. This term has been hotly contested in courtrooms by Tampa DUI attorneys and DUI lawyers throughout the state of Florida. Many people are unaware that you don’t need to be driving or even have your car running to be charged or convicted of drunk driving. Just ask Jeffery Roger Werling of Holiday, Florida.

The 40-year-old Pasco County resident was charged with DUI when he was found asleep in a van parked in his driveway. He was passed out in the driver’s seat and eventually given a blood-alcohol test which registered more than four-times the legal limit.…

February 18, 2010

Tampa Man Falls Asleep Behind The Wheel After A Traffic Stop And Is Arrested For DUI

A 33-year-old Tampa man was pulled over on I-75 in Brooksville Tuesday evening. According to Hernando Today, by the time a second deputy arrived on the scene Julio Angel Class was passed out behind the wheel.
of his red van. Class volunteered for a breathalyzer but no alcohol was detected, He allegedly failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for

Class was taken to Hernando County Jail where he bond was set at $500. According to the story the Tampa resident gave a urine sample that police will use to look for drugs in the man’s system. The arrest report states that deputies had to shake Class to get him to wake up.…

February 1, 2010

Tampa Woman Passes Out At The Wheel, Causes Pile Up And Wakes Up Asking For A Margarita

An early morning crash on State Road 54 led to the arrest of a Tampa woman on charges of DUI and DUI causing personal injury. According to Florida Highway Patrol reports and a story on, Wendy L. Hollahan caused a four-carcrash after passing out while driving. Authorities say the 39-year-old woman was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.

Hallohan allegedly told troopers she “felt like drinking a big margarita” following the crash and she was unable to stand. The woman reportedly told the officers she might have blacked out before the crash and then she fell asleep for 30 minutes in the back of the patrol car on her way to jail.…

November 28, 2009

Tampa Bay Buccaneer Lineman Falls Asleep At The Wheel And Is Charged With DUI Outside Raymond James Stadium

Marcus Johnson was allegedly found asleep at the wheel of his 2010 Chevy Impala outside of Raymond James Stadium early Tuesday morning. According to the St. Petersburg Times Johnson’s car was in the middle of the intersection of N. Dale Mabry and Martin Luther King Blvd. at approximately 4:00 a.m.

A Tampa police lieutenant approached the car and woke up the back-up offensive lineman. He then called for a DUI investigator to come to the scene. Johnson agreed to field sobriety tests but he then refused to take a breath test. He was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on a DUI charge.…

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