How Journey’s undying ‘Don’t Stop Believin’‘ figured in a Florida man’s DUI arrest

Indian River County Sheriff's Office

One thing you can say about Seth Coffey: The Florida man appears to be an optimist.

According to the Indian River Sheriff’s Office, Coffey asked deputies to play some music in the squad car as they whisked him to jail on a DUI charge.

They didn’t. So he sang Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” a capella, Gater 98.7 reported.

Coffey, 25, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor DUI on Sept. 2, according to the arrest report.

According to deputies, the Vero Beach man pulled out on U.S. 1 in front of a patrol car and wasn’t wearing his seat belt. When he was pulled over he “smelled of booze, had cases of beer in the back seat and empty cans in the truck bed,” TCPalm reported.

Coffey’s car concert, which consisted of the one Journey tune, was aided by a blood alcohol level of 0.252-0.253 — three times the legal limit of 0.08 in Florida or that point when someone feels confident enough to match their pipes against Steve Perry’s.

Oddly enough, that Journey song was just a normal sized hit when it was first released in the fall of 1981 as the second single from Journey’s No. 1 album, “Escape.” It wasn’t even that album’s biggest hit.

The San Francisco band’s rock anthem reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, behind the No. 4 and No. 2 peaks of the album’s first and third singles, “Who’s Crying Now” and “Open Arms,” respectively.

But the song’s prominent use in TV shows like HBO’s “The Sopranos” and Fox’s “Glee,” its adoption by numerous sports franchises, including the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the passage of time, has been kind to the tune. “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” is arguably Journey’s most beloved hit and as a digital download has sold some 7 million copies, making it one of the digital era’s biggest hits.

Coffey was 11 years from birth when Journey released the song. Speaking of release, Coffey is out of jail on a $1,000 bond.

Taylor Hartsfield sang Journey and Phil Collins songs during his awake craniotomy at the University of Miami Brain Tumor Institute.

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