BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOYNTON BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Boca Raton man is facing multiple charges stemming from a traffic stop in Boynton Beach.
Robert Croteau of the 2200 block of NE 3rd Avenue is charged with DUI, resisting an officer and refusing to submit to a DUI test after a license suspension. He allegedly consumed shots at Outback Steakhouse.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife officer allegedly saw Croteau swerving in and out lanes on West Gateway Blvd just West of North Congress. Croteau then, according to the report, hit a curb.
The following is the narrative written by the arresting Boynton Beach police officer:
Upon arrival the officer was outside speaking with driver of the vehicle Robert Croteau. Immediately, I observed Croteau unsteady on his feet from him and almost falling to the ground. Croteau was using his vehicle for balance. Every time Croteau spoke, I could smell a heavy odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage coming from his mouth from him. Croteau had very slurred speech. Croteau was also heavily swaying swaying back and forth. Based on the above, Croteau was asked if he would submit to Standardized Field Sobriety Exercises, Croteau first agreed to partake in the exercises.
Croteau was asked if he had any injuries, or issues with his eyesight from him, which he stated that he did not. Croteau was asked to stand on a line with his feet together and arms down at his sides of him. Croteau was losing balance and unable to stand on the line with his feet together. Croteau lost balance several times. Croteau was asked if he wanted to do seated task which he advised that he said that he didn’t. Croteau was unable to stand in the instructional stay.
While I was speaking to Croteau outside of the vehicle and explaining him the instructions. I could still smell the strong odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage coming from his mouth. Croteau then became belligerent and advised that he didn’t want to try the exercise anymore. I advised Croteau of the Taylor Warnings which he advised still advised he didn’t want to partake in the exercises anymore.
Croteau told me that he was at Outback drinking alcoholic beverages with his girlfriend and told me that he had 2 ‘shots’. Based on the initial indicators that I observed on scene, during the encounter and the indicators that I observed during the SFST exercises, I placed Corteau under arrest for DUI (316.193.1A). I then transported Croteau to PBCJ BAT. I arrived at the facility at 0324 hours and I started my 20 minutes observation at 0325. Upon completion, I requested Croteau to provide a sample of his breath from him to determine the alcohol content, Croteau refused the breath test.
Implied consent was read to Croteau and he refused once again. Refusal time was at 0353 hours. Croteau was advised of his Miranda Rights.
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