OKEECHOBEE — A 19-year-old Okeechobee man was arrested Saturday after he was pulled over for speeding. According to the arrest report, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Varnadore was on patrol near the 1800 block of U.S. 98 North when he noticed a green Saturn approaching at a high rate of speed. Varnadore estimated the vehicle was traveling about 80 mph in a 45 mph zone and turned on his lights in an attempt to slow the driver down, but the vehicle sped up instead. As the car passed, Varnadore turned around to follow him and was able to catch up in the 2500 block.
Varnadore’s report notes the driver, identified as Michael Lippman III, had red, watery eyes and slurred speech. In addition, Varnadore noted a strong odor of alcohol.
While searching the vehicle, Varnadore reportedly found two bags of cocaine and one containing marijuana.
Lippman was charged with DUI and possession of cocaine. He was also issued a citation for speeding. His breath test results were reported to be 0.190 and 0.174.
Bond was set at $3,500.
Lippman was arrested in August 2019 and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, but the charges were later dropped.