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Tarpon Springs restaurateur arrested for second DUI


Michael L. Lowe, an owner of three waterfront restaurants in the Tampa Bay area, was arrested Saturday night on a charge of DUI, according to the New Port Richey Police Department.

Authorities got a complaint of a possible drunk driver in a silver Mercedes headed southbound on U.S. 19, a report states. An officer spotted the car weaving and riding the fog line, the report says, and pulled the car over near Catherine Street.

Lowe, 66, told the officer he had two rum and Coke drinks in two hours before driving. The report said Lowe performed poorly on a field sobriety test and registered a 0.106 and 0.108 blood alcohol level on a Breathalyzer, above the 0.08 threshold at which a driver is presumed impaired.

This is Lowe's second DUI charge. His first was in 1994 in Hillsborough, records state.

Lowe, who lives in Tarpon Springs, was released from the Pasco County jail Sunday. He is a principal with East Lake LLC, which owns Catches Waterfront Grill, a prominent seafood restaurant on the banks of the Cotee River in Port Richey; as well as Captain Jack's across the Anclote River and The Riverside Venue, formerly known as Pappas' Riverside Restaurant in Tarpon Springs.

Tarpon Springs restaurateur arrested for second DUI 12/07/09 [Last modified: Monday, December 7, 2009 6:10pm]
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