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Impaired Driver Thought Drive-Thru at Bank was Taco Bell

A man was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he was driving under the influence of narcotics when he passed out in the drive-thru lane at a bank believing that he was at a Taco Bell.

28-year-old Douglas Francisco pulled into the drive-up teller lane at a Hernando County branch of Bank of America and reportedly lost consciousness behind the wheel.

When Martin Claussen, the bank manager, saw a blue Hyundai sitting idle for an extended period of time he decided to approach the vehicle and inspect the situation. He came across Francisco blacked out in the driver’s seat, and he began pounding on the window to try to rouse him. After a while Francisco awakened, and he asked Claussen for a burrito. The bank manager informed him that he was not in fact at Taco Bell, and Francisco then allegedly drove away.

Claussen notified the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, and when deputies responded they discovered Francisco sitting in the driver’s seat with the engine running.

According to the affidavit, when the deputy spoke with Francisco, he said the accused “made several statements that were differing with reality,” such as declaring that the air conditioning in the vehicle was turned on, when actually the heater was on and it was near 40 degrees outside. Francisco also said that he was never in the drive-thru and did not have an encounter with Claussen. His behavior was believed as indicative of someone under the influence of narcotic medication.

When Francisco was placed under arrest for DUI he was found in possession of Oxycodone and Xanax, and it was confirmed that he had a prescription for both.

He was taken to the Hernando County Jail and held on $1000 bond, and released on Thursday after posting $500.

If you or someone you love is suspected of DUI, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.

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