Man named ‘Lucky’ flunks alphabet test during drunk driving investigation

A man named “Lucky” flunked an alphabet test, leading to his arrest early Sunday morning on a drunk driving charge during an investigation in Ocala.

Lucky Mbatha
Lucky Mbatha

Marion County sheriff’s deputies on Sunday were traveling southbound on NW HWy. 225A, approaching the stop sign at Hwy. 326, according to an arrest report. Deputies observed a gray, Ford pickup approaching the stop sign while traveling eastbound on Hwy. 326, the report stated. The vehicle made a wide turn and traveled with the driver’s side tires in the northbound lane. Deputies observed the vehicle straddle the lane line and drift back and forth between the south and northbound lanes, prompting a traffic stop on the vehicle.

Deputies made contact with the driver, 35-year-old Lucky Comfort Mbatha of Ocala, and observed his eyes to be bloodshot and watery. Mbatha mumbled with a thick accent while speaking, and was slow to hand over his driver’s license.

Mbatha agreed to take part in field sobriety exercises. During the final exercise, Mbatha was asked to recite the alphabet backwards, but stated “Oh, yeah I cannot go on” after reaching “S.”

Mbatha was placed under arrest and was transported to the Marion County Jail. While at the jail, Mbatha refused to provide a sample of his breath. A criminal history check on teletype revealed one prior driving under the influence conviction in 2010 out of Palm Beach County.  Bond was set at $2,000.