INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A man in Vero Beach who thought he was 140 miles away in Tampa told a deputy he smoked THC “to get himself ready because Jesus was returning,” an arrest affidavit states.
In the end, Carlos Guillen, 23, of Port St. Lucie, was jailed on a DUI charge after Indian River County sheriff’s deputies were called July 27 to the Vero Beach Outlets west of Interstate 95 off State Road 60.
Investigators reported a man later identified as Guillen was in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle, the interior of which smelled of booze. A half bottle of Hennessy cognac was in the passenger seat and a cup that looked to contain the alcoholic beverage was in a cup holder.
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Asked for his driver’s license, Guillen handed over a vape pen that he said contained THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Deputies said Guillen smelled of alcohol. He also said he was in Tampa, the county seat of Hillsborough County on Florida’s west coast.
“I asked Guillen if he was enjoying Tampa, and where he was staying,” the affidavit states. “Guillen pointed south of the outlet mall, and advised he was at a church convention approximately 4 miles in that direction.”
Guillen further said he was enjoying the time he was spending in Tampa.
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He agreed to perform field sobriety exercises.
At one point during the tasks, he crouched down and fiddled with a screw that affixed the deputy’s license plate, the affidavit states. Guillen also turned and gestured with the peace sign.
He later said he was imbibing the Hennessy on the passenger seat.
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He also said he smoked liquid THC in the vape pen “to get himself ready because Jesus was returning,” the affidavit states.
Guillen was arrested on a DUI charge and taken to jail where breath tests measured his blood alcohol content at 0.211 and 0.219, more than double the legal limit of 0.08.
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