Repeat DUI suspect got to jail with 'handcuffs straddled in between his legs,' cops say

Repeat DUI suspect got to jail with ‘handcuffs straddled in between his legs,’ cops say

(As originally published with additional photos, Mon, March 11th 2024 at 4:13 PM)

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (TND) — A man in Florida was charged with DUI for the fourth time after a police officer saw his “driving pattern” and pulled him over, and he later arrived at jail a bit tangled up.

Richard Louis Zaiki’s arrest report said a sergeant asked him “general questions in regards to where he was traveling from and to,” after midnight last Thursday, March 7, and, “During this conversation, Zaiki’s speech was slurred and elongated.”

Then, it detailed how he failed standardized field sobriety exercises.

“Zaiki was unable to properly follow the stimulus [and] numerous times, he will look away or look past the stimulus while performing” the horizontal gaze nystagmus.

In the walk and turn, “Zaiki would place both feet properly on the line and then move his right foot back off the line, to gain his balance, while the instructions were being explained to him.”

And, during the one leg stand, “Zaiki began to be argumentative and frustrated while instructions were being given,” and, “Zaiki then became frustrated and stopped performing the exercise out of frustration.”

He was “placed in handcuffs which were double locked and checked for tightness,” and taken to the Lake County Jail without incident, but authorities reported learning Zaiki had been up to something when they arrived.

Repeat DUI suspect got to jail with 'handcuffs straddled in between his legs,' cops say
Richard Louis Zaiki was arrested for (from left) battery in 2021 and DUI for the 4th time in 2024. (Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Office | Lake Co. Sheriff’s Office)

“Zaiki was exiting out of the vehicle,” his arrest report said, “at which time it was discovered he attempted to move his hands underneath his feet and place his hands in front of him.

“Zaiki was unsuccessful in doing so and had the handcuffs straddled in between his legs.”

Inside the jail, “Zaiki originally declined, then moments later changed his decision and stated he will take the breath test.

“During the administration of the test, Zaiki was combative and argumentative,” and his “results were concluded with a high [of] 0.134.”

Finally, authorities got his criminal history and found he’d been arrested for DUI in Georgia in 1995, in Utah in 2003, and a third time in 2017, but no location was provided for that incident.

Zaiki was charged with DUI-4th or subsequent offense, which is a third-degree felony.

He was released after six-and-a-half hours in jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Zaiki, 59, had at least one arrest which did not involve DUI.

In November of 2021 in Sumter County, he was charged with two counts of felony battery on a person 65 years of age or older. Those charges were eventually lowered to misdemeanor battery.

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