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Man says 'one beer' with open tequila bottle on seat

An officer stopped a Battle Creek man in Hastings on the night of July 7 who was driving “all over the road.” It was reported that the man slammed on his brakes in the middle of the roadway and drove through someone’s yard. The man had bloodshot eyes and had slurred speech. The man claimed to have had only one beer, but the officer noticed a Budweiser can on the floor and an open bottle of Jose Quervo Tequila in the passenger seat. The man told the officer he was lost and trying to get home. The man refused a breathalyzer test. He also claimed that the officer was not certified to conduct a field sobriety test but complied when the officer ensured him that he was. The man was then arrested for operating while intoxicated and then transported to county jail.


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