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DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Delray Beach Police say they found area Realtor Philip Metzler asleep behind the wheel — literally — when they initiated a traffic stop in the area of West Atlantic Avenue and Swinton at 2:39 this morning.
They were alerted to a problem by a tractor trailer driver who was sounding his horn, apparently trying to get Metzler to move. But the Lexus SUV he was driving was going nowhere.
Here are a few highlights from the Delray Beach Police Report:
“While positioning my vehicle to conduct a traffic stop, the Lexus remained stationary through two additional green light cycles. As I approached the vehicle, I could see a while male, later identified as Philip Metzler, in the driver’s seat with his head hug down and responsive to light and sound. I positioned my vehicle in front of the Lexus bumper to bumper to avoid any accidental acceleration and activated my emergency lights, at which time Metzler awoke.”
“Metzler was disoriented and unable to get his bearings. He had red glassy eyes and the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was coming from the vehicle. Metzler swayed while standing but was able to walk without assistance.”
“Metzler advised that he left the Hideaway on East Atlantic where he had been drinking. Metzler stated that he was headed to his home in the area of Jog Road and Atlantic Avenue, although he was driving in the opposite direction. Metzler advised that he had three tequila shots and three glasses of wine at the Hideaway between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. After the arrest was affected, Metzler made several unsolicited statements that he was sorry.”
Metzler was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail at 5:20 a.m. He was released on his own recognizance at 11:09. He is charged with DUI. His Blood Alcohol Content, according to a charging document, was .108.
Metzler lists his address as the 15400 block of Strathearn Drive in Delray Beach. His real estate license is in effect until 2022.
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