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Passed out behind wheel, man gets rude awakening

HUDSON — Michael D. Riley was passed out behind the wheel of his pickup after hitting a utility pole on State Road 52 west of Little Road about 2 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

A deputy, responding to the crash, tapped on Riley's window.

Riley, 34, awoke, punched the gas and crashed into the pole again. Then he passed out again, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states.

The deputy knocked on Riley's window for a second time.

He woke and put his truck in reverse and crashed into the deputy's cruiser, causing minor damage, the report said. The deputy was not injured.

When a Florida Highway Patrol trooper arrived, Riley was asleep in nearby bushes, the report states. His blood alcohol level, authorities said, was between 0.338 and 0.335 — more than four times the threshold of 0.08 at which Florida law presumes that someone is unable to safely drive a motor vehicle.

Riley, who is from Kentucky, told investigators he'd been drinking vodka.

He was arrested and charged with felony DUI and three counts of DUI causing damage to property or person. This is his fourth DUI charge in 10 years, authorities said. He's being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $6,500 bail.

Passed out behind wheel, man gets rude awakening 02/16/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 8:00pm]
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