The bottle of booze was a dead giveaway.
On Tuesday, cops were called to check out a car that had crashed into a tree in St. Johns, Florida, a suburb of Jacksonville, reports the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.
According to the arrest affidavit, a man was sitting on the ground next to the vehicle, a black 2016 GMC Yukon XL.
The deputy noticed the driver, Atul Dinesh Patel, had a wet spot on his pants. He suspected it was urine, says the report, and then Patel said he had spilled a drink on himself while driving.
The deputy also noticed that Patel, who stumbled to his feet, was slurring his words and sweating. When the officer asked the suspect whether he had imbibed alcohol, the driver said no, because he is diabetic, and doesn’t drink.
Patel, 41, had two explanations for why he went off the road: First he said he was distracted looking for his phone. Then he added that he had pulled over to relieve his bladder, according to the report.
But then the deputy spotted a small, half-empty bottle of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky near the gas pedal.
“Just imagine what it feels like to stand face-to-face with a fire-breathing dragon who just ate a whisky barrel full of spicy cinnamon,” reads the company’s website, describing the the 66 proof adult beverage.
The police report adds that when the fire rescue unit arrived and the deputy turned his attention away from the suspect, Patel attempted to stash the Fireball in the center console.
The deputy arrested Patel, who refused a breath test, on a suspected DUI charge, which turned out to be his sixth, reports Action News Jax. The news report says Patel was slapped with a felony DUI charge and refusal to submit to a breath test with a prior refusal.