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Suspected drunk driver stopped with open White Claw in cupholder

A Clermont man was stopped for swerving in traffic and arrested when officers found an open White Claw in the cupholder of his vehicle.

Douglas Jay Trainer
Douglas Jay Trainer

The Leesburg Police Department received a call from Lake County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center that a Fruitland Park officer was requesting assistance within LPD’s jurisdiction around 4:15 p.m. Sunday, according to an arrest report from LPD. 

The FPPD officer advised that he was headed to work going northbound on North 14th Street passing Main Street when he observed the driver of a vehicle, later identified as 73-year-old Douglas Jay Trainer, swerving and unable to maintain his lane. The vehicle was a white Honda Accord with Florida registration attached. The officer conducted a well-being stop on the vehicle to prevent a collision, the report said. 

Upon the LPD officer’s arrival, the FPPD officer and the vehicle had pulled into the empty lot located at 410 N. 14th Street. He then got out of his patrol car and approached the vehicle to conduct a well-being check on the driver. Trainer was identified by his driver’s license while sitting in the driver’s seat with the keys in the ignition and the vehicle still running, the report said. 

The officer could immediately smell alcohol coming from Trainer’s breath as he spoke to him. There was also an opened White Claw branded seltzer alcoholic beverage in the cup holder with a straw sticking out of the top. He could see the can was sweating, indicating that it was cold, the report said. 

When the officer asked Trainer if he knew how he got to the exact location they were at, he advised that he did not know. His behavior continued to indicate his impairment, leading the officer to ask him to step out of the vehicle and participate in field sobriety exercises. He consented, but his performance, including poor listening, staggering and falling, led the officer to conclude that he was under the influence, the report said. 

Trainer was subsequently arrested and placed in the back of the officer’s patrol car. He was taken to the LPD for further investigative purposes including breath tests. He provided samples of .157 and .164, the report said. 

The Ohio native was charged with DUI and transported to Lake County Jail. He was released after posting $1,000 bond.

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