OKEECHOBEE — After being pulled over on a reckless driver complaint, an 83-year-old man reportedly told law enforcement he drinks and drives every day and will continue to do it. Gordon Bruens, who was pulled over at about 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, reportedly went on to tell Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Timothy Porter that he had about 12 beers while he was working and was drunk but still had yards to mow.
According to the arrest report, Bruens was traveling eastbound on Southeast 28th Street in a silver Chevrolet truck pulling an enclosed trailer which read, “Gordie’s Lawn Service” on the side.
As Deputy Porter approached, he observed the truck swerve and partially leave the roadway on both sides of the road, the report notes. When he stopped Bruens, the deputy saw an open can of Keystone Light beer sitting next to him and could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath.
There were reportedly four calls from other motorists concerning Bruens’ driving before he was stopped.
Bruens was reportedly unable to complete field sobriety tests and refused a breathalyzer test. He was arrested and charged with DUI. His bond was set at $5,000.