Florida DUI suspect sends patrol car into ‘don’t drink and drive’ cruiser

A Florida man accused of drunk driving earned a trip to jail and some ribbing from the sheriff’s office.

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On Saturday night, Paul M. Wilkins, 63, of Crystal River drove his car into a parked patrol car that had its lights flashing, which was pushed into another patrol car, that had been freshly emblazoned with a “Don’t Drink and Drive” slogan, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol trooper’s report, Wilkins said he occasionally “doesn’t know what he’s doing” and had been drinking and hadn’t eaten anything since early that morning.

Paul M. Wilkins (Citrus County Sheriff's Office)

No one was injured in the incident at U.S. Highway 19 and Citrus Avenue during Pirate Fest. The next day, a post on the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page couldn’t help but note the amusing coincidence.

Wilkins was charged with DUI and remained in jail as of Monday afternoon on $1,000 bond.

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