A Marion County deputy arrested an Ocala man Tuesday after seeing a white work truck with an activated yellow overhead light and several empty cans and bottles of Bud Light Orange in the bed of the vehicle.
As the deputy approached the truck, parked at the dead-end of SE 110th Street Road in Belleview, 35-year-old Dustin Lee Burbage stepped out of the driver’s seat and walked to the rear of the truck. The deputy approached Burbage and reported smelling “a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage” coming from him. The deputy also noted that Burbage’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, a sheriff’s office report states.
When asked several times why he had stopped his truck in front of a “Do Not Enter” sign, Burbage would only say that “he stopped because of the sign” and was stationary in that spot for about 15 minutes.
Burbage denied consuming any alcoholic beverages and mumbled as he spoke. And when asked for his driver’s license, he handed the deputy his license and a retired military identification card.
A criminal history on Burbage showed a previous driving under the influence conviction in Marion County on May 30, 2013.
The deputy reported that the keys were still in the truck’s ignition and five empty cans and four empty bottles of Bud Light Orange were found in the back of the vehicle.
Burbage was taken into custody after refusing to participate in field sobriety tests. He was transported to the Marion County Jail, where he also refused to provide a breath sample to check his blood alcohol content. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (second offense) and released Wednesday night on $2,500 bond.
Burbage is scheduled to appear in a Marion County courtroom Aug. 30 at 8 a.m.