DUI arrest: Tampa man mistakes bank drive-through for Taco Bell

Douglas Jon Francisco, 28, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence involving drugs or alcohol after the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said he mistook a bank drive-thru for a Taco Bell. [Hernando County Sheriff's Office]
Douglas Jon Francisco, 28, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence involving drugs or alcohol after the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said he mistook a bank drive-thru for a Taco Bell. [Hernando County Sheriff's Office]
Published January 18 2018
Updated January 19 2018

SPRING HILL — A 38-year-old Tampa man was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving under the influence involving drugs or alcohol after deputies said he mistook a Bank of America drive-through for a Taco Bell.

The branch manager of the Mariner Boulevard bank said they saw Douglas Jon Francisco passed out in his blue Hyundai sedan while it sat in the drive-up bank lane, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. This was about 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

The manager said they started banging on the Hyundai’s window "for some time," according a deputy’s report, before Francisco finally woke up.

Then Francisco tried to order a burrito, deputies said. When Claussen told he was not, in fact, at a Taco Bell, deputies said he drove to the front parking lot. When deputies arrived, they said they found Francisco in the driver’s seat, the car still running.

"He made several statements that were differing from reality," a deputy wrote in the arrest report.

He also denied asking the manager for a burrito. Deputies said his responses to their questions were delayed and that after a field sobriety test he appeared to be impaired. Deputies said Francisco also had prescription medication with him under his name.

He was arrested on a charge of DUI involving alcohol or drugs. Deputies are awaiting the results of a drug test he underwent.

He was booked into the Hernando County jail and freed Thursday after posting $500 bail.

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