Sarasota man arrested on DUI charge for the 8th time!!!!!

January 30th, 2015 by Staff

Bryce, a 48-year-old Sarasota resident, refused to submit to a breath test according to authorities.

(ABC 7 WWSB) SARASOTA, Fla. – There’s no denying that people driving while under the influence of alcohol is a problem. For one Sarasota man, it’s a problem apparently without a solution.

David N. Bryce Jr. was arrested early Thursday morning for Driving Under the Influence. The 48-year-old Bryce has already rung up a shocking seven convictions for Driving Under the Influence since 1988, and is now facing his eighth DUI, along with charges of Property Damage, Refusal to Submit to a Breath test, and Driving on a Suspended License.

It’s the fourth time he’s faced that last charge.

According to the report issued by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Bryce was involved in an accident where he rear-ended a car stopped at a traffic light. When the officer arrived on the scene, he found Bryce still behind the wheel with the keys in the ignition.

Per the report: “[Bryce's] speech was slurred. It was abnormal speech and words were not enunciated clearly, often run together.

There was a distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his mouth as he spoke. The parts of the defendant’s eyes that are supposed to be white were red in color. His eyes were also watery. When asked to exit the vehicle, the defendant had to use his car for balance.”

The deputy completed his crash investigation, then informed Bryce that he was “changing hats” and was going to proceed with a criminal investigation for suspicion of DUI. Bryce initially consented to a breath test, but later reconsidered. 

He didn’t fair much better in the field sobriety test, telling the deputy that he was “impaired” and “drunk,” and failing to complete the exercises.

It turns out that Bryce had his license permanently revoked in May of 2005 for having four or more DUI convictions — a status that is apparently irrelevant to the habitual offender.

Bryce was first taken to the hospital, and was then transported to North County Jail. 

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