Boca Raton DUI Suspect Gives Cops Car Owner’s Manual, Not License

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Mark Gearing, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.


BOCA RATON, FL ( (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — West Boca Raton resident Derik Gearing was allegedly so out of it when a PBSO Deputy tried to stop him in the area of Glades Road and Lyons Road, that he provided an owner’s manual to his Dodge Ram pickup truck when police asked for his driver’s license, registration, and insurance.

Gearing, according to police, was flying on Lyons at 65 MPH — the speed limit is just 40. While police activated lights and sirens at Glades and Lyons, Gearing didn’t stop for quite some distance — eventually pulling over at New England Blvd. and Lyons. When a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Deputy approached Gearing’s door, he allegedly knew that Gearing had been drinking. This is the narrative of the DUI stop, filed by PBSO:

When I approached and greeted Gearing he responded and a strong odor of alcohol emanated from his breath. I requested that Gearing produce his driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance, he responded with slurred speech and slow movements to locate the items requested. Gearing gave me the Ram Truck’s user manual for the insurance card. I observed that Gearing had glossy eyes during the contact. I asked Gearing where she was coming from and he stated that he was coming from a bar. I asked Gearing if he had any alcohol to drink and he said yes, about four beers. Deputy Charelus responded to the location and conducted a DUI investigation on Gearing. Gearing was placed under arrest for DUI.

Gearing, according to police, provided breath samples that revealed a blood alcohol content of .166 and .169. The legal limit in Florida is .08. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail early Wednesday morning and later released on his own recognizance. Gearing, 40, lives in the 19000 block of Winslow Terrace in Boca Raton.


Paul Saperstein


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