Taking control of a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal. It’s risky behavior.
William Nims of Sarasota, now 50, pleaded no contest June 6 to a DUI charge after Holmes Beach police found him asleep in driver’s seat of a parked pickup truck in February 2016. The truck was parked after dark without headlights in the 700 block of Manatee Avenue.
Florida DUI laws consider a person under the influence in “actual physical control” as well as “driving” the vehicle equally subject to the DUI penalties.
Twelfth Circuit Judge Doug Henderson sentenced Nims to 12 months probation, including a two-year alcohol-detection ignition device, DUI school, impact panel and 75 hours of public service work — and a 10-year driver’s license suspension.
However, records indicate the 10-year suspension was corrected June 20 to a one-year driver’s license suspension with the help of Nims’ attorney, Michael Braxton.
On June 27, the judge signed a probation order including a 10-year driver’s license suspension. However, according to the office of Casey Cahall, assistant state attorney, that order is presumably in error and will be corrected.
Nims also was assessed $3, 316 in fines and court costs.