In Spring Hill Florida, a McDonald’s customer passed out in the drive-through while attempting to order his food. A manager called deputies about 2 a.m. last Thursday (morning after St. Patrick’s Day) to report the incident. Apparently Eric M Spevack, 26 of Spring Hill, fell asleep behind the wheel of his four-door Chevrolet parked in front of the speaker box at the eatery, according to an arrest report. The restaurant was already closed and the car had been parked there for about half an hour, the manager told deputies. Deputies found Spevack passed out in the driver seat, with the car was running and in drive. He was arrested after failing a battery of sobriety tests. When he arrived at the Hernando County Jail, his breath tests showed a blood alcohol level of 0.163 which is nearly twice the amount at which Florida law presumes impairment. He was released on a $500 bond and his arraignment is set for April the. Spevack was reported wearing a wrist band from an Irish pub in Tampa…over an hour’s drive away.
He was obviously very inebriated. Even after driving nearly an hour home from the Tampa pub, he was impaired enough to try to order food at a drive through that was closed. How does that level of drunkenness go unnoticed at the pub or on the road while he drove over 50 miles home? Could that have been caught earlier?
Certainly the best thing would have been prevention. Spevack should have had a designated driver. Expensive (although much less than the thousands of dollars he will be spending now) a taxi would have been a better choice as well. Another choice could have been AAA Tow to Go program that is FREE to members and non members alike. The program will bring you and your vehicle home during and around peak celebration times. These include : Pro Bowl and Super Bowl; St. Patrick’s Day; Cinco de Mayo; Memorial Day; Independence; Labor Day; Halloween; Thanksgiving through and just past New Years Day.
Reporting drunk drivers
What can you do if you are on a Florida highway and suspect that you are witnessing someone driving impaired? Dial *347
The Star FHP project was initiated in April, 1994. The Florida Highway Patrol has noticed a substantial increase in calls reporting drunk drivers as a result of Star FHP. The long term goal of the program is for Star FHP to become as familiar to cellular phone users as the emergency 911 system is for non-cellular users.
Star FHP (*347) is a cellular phone program used by motorists to report drunk drivers, traffic crashes, stranded or disabled motorists, or any suspicious incidents occurring on Florida roadways. Motorists who dial *FHP from their cellular phones are able to contact the nearest FHP station free of charge, courtesy of participating Florida cellular phone companies.
As humorous as it is that someone passed out ordering a Big Mac, in reality it could have ended up as a tragedy. Be smart. Friends really don’t let friends drive drunk.
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