BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A man identified on a police report and through public records as an area golf instructor told police he was drinking, on Adderall, and in West Palm Beach when he was actually sitting in a parking lot in Delray Beach during a DUI stop late last week.
Drake Kelso of Rosewood Circle in Boca Raton is now facing a DUI charge.
(News app readers access our full report here).
According to a police report, a witness called police to say the man driving a Jeep in the area of the Acura dealership at 655 NE 6th Avenue in Delray Beach was “intoxicated.” The witness followed the Jeep as it conducted a U-Turn in the area of 1200 South Federal Highway, then entered the parking lot at 622 SE 6th Avenue.
Wrote police who responded to the scene: “I observed a white male driver who was attempting to untangle a phone charge cable. There was no one else inside the Jeep. The Jeep’s engine was running and the vehicle key fob was inside the vehicle.”
“When I met with (Drake) Kelso, I immediately smelled an odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage coming from Kelso. Kelso was attempting to untangle a phone charge cable and seemed to be having difficult accomplishing this task. When I requested Kelso’s identification, Kelso had difficult removing his DL from his wallet and almost dropped his DL while handing it to me. Kelso’s eyes were red and had glassy appearance. Kelso’s pupils had a slow reaction to changes in light. Kelso’s speech was slurred and he mumbled his words. After exiting the Jeep, Kelso stumbled under his own power. Kelso swayed in a circular motion while standing still.”
Then police spoke with Kelso.
“Kelso stated he started driving in the area of Okeeechobee Blvd. and Federal Highway,” (in West Palm Beach). Kelso stated he teaches golf and when his shift was over, he started to consume beers. Kelso stated he started drinking beer around 1730 hrs and he finished his last beer two to three hours prior to the traffic stop. I asked Kelso if he knew what time it was and he replied 2130 or 2200 hours (It was 11 p.m.)… I asked Kelso if he knew where he was and he replied “West Palm Beach near Belvedere and Federal.” I asked Kelso why he was stopped in a parking lot of a closed business and he replied that he was on his way home to Boca Raton when he realized he was drunk. Kelso stated he is prescribed Adderall and last took this medication the morning.”
The investigating officer wrote that he noticed a concealed carry permit in Kelso’s wallet and asked if he had a weapon in the vehicle.
“Kelso stated a handgun was in the glove compartment. I attempted to locate the handgun for safety concerns and there was no handgun located in the Jeep. I asked Kelso when he last saw his handgun and he replied ‘two to three years ago.’ I asked Kelso what color his handgun was and he replied, “I don’t remember.”
Kelso was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on a charge of DUI. He was released on his own recognizance several hours later. A court date is pending. Reading the complete arrest report, below. If you are reading in a news app and it does not appear, use this link for full access.
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