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He's accused of drive-in DUI

By TIMES STAFF
Published May 16, 2007


BROOKSVILLE -Hernando County deputies didn't have to go far to make a drunken driving arrest Tuesday. In this case, the suspect came to them.

Richard A. Brockman of Brooksville drove to the Sheriff's Office at 9 a.m. to register as a felon, which is a requirement of a court-ordered probation from his May 4 conviction on fraud charges.

During the registration, deputies smelled alcohol on the 48-year-old's breath and noted he was slurring his speech. Brockman acknowledged he was on pain medication but denied drinking any alcohol, reports state.

He also denied driving to the Sheriff's Office even though deputies saw him pull up in his 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Moments later he handed over his keys.

In the car deputies found four 16-ounce cans of beer in the front passenger seat, reports state. Two of the cans were empty and two others unopened were cold to the touch. A receipt showed the beer was purchased about 45 minutes before arriving at the Sheriff's Office.

Brockman later registered a 0.148 percent on a blood-alcohol level test, reports show. The level at which a person is presumed impaired in Florida is 0.08 percent.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and taken to the Hernando County jail.