Hollywood City Attorney Jeffrey Sheffel was arrested Sunday night by Broward sheriff’s deputies on two misdemeanor DUI charges, along with a citation for driving on a sidewalk.
Sheffel, 57, was charged with DUI with alcohol or drugs, first offense; DUI with damage to property or person; and driving on a sidewalk or bike path. He posted $1,500 bond.
That sidewalk citation covers where a Hollywood police officer found Sheffel at 6:43 p.m. Sunday, according to the probable cause affidavit — in the driver’s seat of a 1998 Lexus on a Hollywood Boulevard bridge sidewalk, trying to back out of being wedged between the inner guardrail and the concrete outside wall.
In reaching Sheffel, the officer said he noticed a few signs, other than a Lexus on a bridge sidewalk, of a driver under the influence: watery eyes, the smell of alcohol, and a dazed man having a hard time understanding instructions.
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“I know I had too much to drink,” Sheffel said, according to the report. “I had too many beers.”
A community service officer reported the Lexus rolled east on the southern sidewalk with the two left wheels on the guardrail until the whole car fit onto the sidewalk.
When the Broward sheriff’s deputy gave Sheffel field sobriety tests, the report says, he lost his balance while listening to instructions for a walk-and-turn exercise, then put his arms out to his sides for balance while walking and turning. He failed the finger-to-nose exercise by hitting his nose with the pad of the finger three times and missing the nose once, according to the report.
After twice refusing breath tests, meaning his driver’s license could be suspended for a year, Sheffel was put into a patrol car.
A City of Hollywood spokesperson said Sheffel has not been placed on leave or suspension.