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With two passengers aboard, cabbie arrested on DUI charge

TREASURE ISLAND – A cab driver with a couple of passengers aboard was pulled over early Monday after police say he was swerving and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Police say Jose Mirelez, 28, of 4605 8th Ave N in St. Petersburg smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and failed a field sobriety test. He refused to take a breath test, police said, and was taken to the police station, where he refused to remove his shoes and later refused to leave a holding cell.

He faces charges of driving under the influence and resisting an officer without violence.

Mirelez was pulled over on the Treasure Island Causeway at 3:21 a.m. as he drove a United Taxi cab. He was previously arrested in 2003 and 2006 on charges of driving without a license.

It's unclear where Mirelez picked up his passengers or where he was going, but another cab company finished the fare.

Andy Boyle can be reached at aboyle@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8087.

With two passengers aboard, cabbie arrested on DUI charge 10/26/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 26, 2009 4:26pm]
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