Villager claiming to be driver for Uber arrested on charge of driving under the influence

Christopher Stanely Munafo
Christopher Stanely Munafo

A 39-year-old resident of The Villages claiming to be a driver for Uber was arrested early Tuesday morning at Morse Boulevard and County Road 466.

Christopher Stanely Munafo, who lives on Beaulieu Loop in the Village of Amelia, had pulled up alongside a Sumter County sheriff’s deputy at about 2:25 a.m. at the intersection of County Road 466 and Buena Vista Boulevard. When the light turned green and Munafo pulled away in his white Honda Accord, the rear tires of his vehicle made a squealing noise. The deputy followed the vehicle which swerved three times, according to an arrest report.

During a traffic stop, Munafo said his license had been suspended due to a charge of driving under the influence in Marion County. Munafo said he was driving for ride sharing service Uber. He said he was driving on a Florida permit allowing only for business driving. He nearly fell when exiting his vehicle, the report indicated. He admitted to the deputy he had a 187ml bottle of Sutter Home Pinot Grigio in his pocket.

He failed field sobriety exercises and later provided breath samples that registered .212, .214 and .248 blood alcohol content.

He was arrested on a charge of DUI and booked at the Sumter County Detention Center. He was released after posting $1,000 bond.