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A lot of things get blamed on the dog. But this was a new one.

Scott Garrett of Fort Pierce was charged with DUI on May 16, 2018, by the Martin County Sheriff's Office. He has a court date on July 30.
Scott Garrett of Fort Pierce was charged with DUI on May 16, 2018, by the Martin County Sheriff's Office. He has a court date on July 30. Martin County Sheriff's Office

How much alcohol do you have to drink to imagine your chauffeur has four paws?

Apparently, three times the legal limit in Florida, or "a bunch of drinks," as Scott Garrett, of Port St. Lucie, told troopers after he was pulled over for erratic driving, according to TCPalm.

According to the arrest report, Garrett was snagged by Florida Highway Patrol officers on May 16 because he drove past a trooper while going southbound on I-95 in Martin County outside Port St. Lucie.

Garrett, 56, was drifting and traveling under the speed limit when officers pulled him over, The Smoking Gun reported. They then smelled the tell-tale aroma of alcohol; a bottle of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum (92 proof) on the Nissan's passenger seat did Garrett no favors.

Garrett stood at the rear of his car, using the trunk to maintain his balance while he was being questioned, according to the report. Garrett allegedly told the officer he had quarreled with his girlfriend and then asked the officer for a ride home.

According to the trooper, Garrett then said he wasn't driving the Nissan but rather his dog was doing the driving. There is no indication of whether there was a dog in the car with Garrett.

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The Hanna-Barbera Scooby-Doo character, with the Mystery Machine bunch. Miami Herald File

Field sobriety tests reported Garrett had a blood alcohol content of 0.252 and 0.248, according to TCPalm, which is more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 in Florida.

Garrett was arrested and charged with DUI. He has a court date on July 30.

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