OKEECHOBEE — Charged with five counts DUI and five counts leaving the scene of an accident with damage, a man driving a Total Roadside Service truck was arrested last week. According to his report, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Ramiro Doval responded to the 1000 block of U.S. 441 Southeast in regards to an impaired driver. The callers stated the man they were looking for was driving a Total Roadside Service truck and had hit a power pole causing it to fall into the road. As Doval approached the area, he noted a road sign laying in the median and a light post had been hit and was laying on top of a pickup truck. When he reached the 850 block of U.S. 441 Southeast, he noticed an ACME pull-behind sign wrecked into a fence. The Total Roadside truck was parked along the road in the grass and had significant front end damage. Debris and skid marks led from the sign and fence to the damaged vehicle.
Doval attempted to make contact with the driver, Justin Gainer, 26, Northwest 86th Court, but he reportedly kept going in and out of consciousness. Doval noted he smelled a strong odor of alcohol and found a Bud Light beer bottle on the floorboard and a bag of marijuana in the center console. When EMS arrived, they gave Gainer a dose of Narcan and transported him to Raulerson Hospital.
Once he was released from the hospital, he was charged and transported to the county jail. Bond was set at $17,500.