The woman pointed out the vehicle to a responding deputy, and the police report says the driver, Earle Stevens Jr., had an open bottle of Jim Beam in a brown paper bag in his front seat. As they made their introductions, he reportedly told the deputy he felt “pretty good.”
The deputy reports that Stevens said he’d never had a valid Florida driver’s license. When asked if he had been drinking, Stevens allegedly said yes.
Ah, but not while driving, according to this distinction:
“He further explained that he was not drinking while the car was moving and only when he stopped for stop signs and traffic signals,” a court document states.
Stevens allegedly said he’d had “about three drinks” but also that he drank “actively” from Port St. Lucie to Vero Beach. That’s nearly 30 miles.