2nd DUI conviction ends in house arrest

A Bradenton man was sentenced to four months house arrest and 12 months probation for driving impaired and resisting arrest in Holmes Beach.

After a no-contest plea, Marcus Tunis, 59, was found guilty of driving under the influence with property damage and obstructing a Holmes Beach police officer in an April 2015 rear- end crash on Marina Drive. Tunis had a DUI conviction in 2000, according to court records.

As part of his probation, a 12th Judicial Circuit judge ordered Tunis to install an alcohol-detection ignition device and pay more than $2,000 in fines and court costs.

The judge also ordered Tunis to complete a DUI program, mental health evaluation, treatment if necessary, victim-impact panel and 125 hours of public service. His license was suspended for a six months and vehicle impounded for 10 days.

He was fined $2,000 for the DUI, $25 for resisting arrest, plus surcharges, $376 in court costs, $100 in attorney costs and a $100 investigative fee to the Holmes Beach Police Department.

According to court records, in lieu of fines and costs, Tunis may perform additional public service work and his probation may be terminated after six months if he completes his sentence.

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