Driver drank beer while talking to police

April 26, 2010 at 7:34 PM
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BRADENTON, Fla., April 26 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a 68-year-old man who refused a field sobriety test after being involved in a car crash drank a beer while talking to troopers.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Elmer Daniels of Bradenton initially switched seats with his wife after a collision with another vehicle just prior to 8 p.m. Tuesday, but four adults in the other vehicle identified him as the driver, the Bradenton Herald reported Monday.

Daniels, who was drinking a beer while talking to troopers, admitted drinking beer in his van and had finished nearly two beers before the crash.

A police report said Daniels told investigators he usually drinks a six-pack of beer each day.

Daniels was arrested and charged with driving under the influence with property damage or injury. He was jailed in lieu of $16,500 bond.

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