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Man allegedly celebrates year of sobriety by drinking, earning DUI

April 11, 2019

A man who said he was celebrating being sober for one year fell off the wagon and ended up in the city jail.

According to Lake Havasu City Police, Anthony Wade Whitacre, 52, was charged with three misdemeanors related to driving under the influence. A police officer’s report said he was patrolling on North McCulloch Boulevard near the intersection of South Jamaica Boulevard at about 5:36 p.m., Saturday when he saw a vehicle driving 50 miles an hour in a 35-mph zone.

When the officer stopped the vehicle, allegedly driven by Whitacre, he said he knew he was speeding because he was trying to air dry his car after getting it washed. The officer said he noticed Whitacre had slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol. Another officer assisting at the scene found a half empty bottle of vodka in the car.

The officer said Whitacre failed a field sobriety test and later at the police station, with a breath test reading of 0.218.

Whitacre initially said he wanted to speak to a lawyer, but he allegedly later told police that he had been sober for a year and decided to have a drink.