'Passed out behind the wheel with the vehicle running, in drive,' his arrest report says

‘Passed out behind the wheel with the vehicle running, in drive,’ his arrest report says

(As originally published, Fri, March 22nd 2024 at 5:29 PM)

WILDWOOD, Fla. (TND) — An SUV on a sidewalk got the attention of a deputy who “was conducting traffic enforcement,” and when the deputy “stopped to inquire if there was an emergency,” he found a man “sitting passed out in the driver’s seat.”

It was late Thursday, Feb. 22, in Florida, and, “The defendant was passed out behind the wheel with the vehicle running, in drive,” according to his arrest report.

The deputy “reached into the vehicle, turned the vehicle off, and removed the keys. He was able to wake the defendant,” who he reported being impaired.

“He advised, he woke the defendant up, where he told the deputy that he had a couple of drinks while he was bowling earlier.

“[The deputy] could see a plastic bottle label Gilbey’s Vodka 1.75 L, 40% alcohol proof, sitting on top of the front driver seat in plain view.

“The bottle was half empty with clear liquid inside.”

Another deputy took over and wrote, “I could immediately see the defendant’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy. I could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. When the defendant spoke, I could hear he had a slow slurred speech and his body movements were very slow and lethargic.

“The defendant stated he had three rum-and-Coke cocktails while bowling.

“When I asked him if he had been drinking the vodka which was on the seat, he stated the vodka was old.”

The deputy wrote that the driver, Thomas Ralph Milkowski agreed to perform field sobriety exercises, but there was an issue right away.

'Passed out behind the wheel with the vehicle running, in drive,' his arrest report says
Thomas Ralph Milkowski was charged with DUI with a breath alcohol level of 0.150 or higher, as well as having an open container, Feb. 23, 2024. (Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Office)

“As the defendant exited his vehicle, he had to use the door for support to prevent him from falling,” she wrote.

“As we walked over to the sidewalk, the defendant staggered back and forth, and [other deputies] had to walk next to him because several times, he almost fell backwards from being so intoxicated.”

In the end, Milkowski was arrested for DUI and his SUV was towed away.

The results of two breath tests were reportedly 0.150 and 0.143.

And, according to the report, “He had two prior guilty convictions for DUI in the state of Wisconsin on 9/18/93 and 9/24/07.”

This time, Milkowski, 73, was charged with DUI with a breath alcohol level of 0.150 or higher, as well as having an open container.

He was released from jail in lieu of $1,000 bond, after less than 12 hours.

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