The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Venice man for Driving Under the Influence and other charges after he crashed into the back of a patrol car this morning and tried to drive away.
Deputy Todd Mitchell was at Center Road and Rockley Boulevard at 8:07 a.m., when another car struck the rear of the agency vehicle, and then drove around the car and tried to leave the scene. Dep. Mitchell was not injured.
The driver, John Tauber, DOB 8/12/87, 409 Menendez Street, Apt. 102, smelled of alcohol and nearly fell over into traffic. Tauber was extremely belligerent to deputies, claimed he hadn’t been drinking and refused to perform standard field sobriety tests. However, once he was taken to jail he took the breath test and blew a .353 and .365, more than four times the legal limit.
Tauber is charged with DUI with Breath Alcohol Content above .15, DUI with Property Damage and Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Property Damage.