Holmes Beach man gets jail, probation for DUI, drugs

A Holmes Beach man was sentenced Aug. 21 in 12th Circuit Court to 12 months probation for driving impaired after a prior conviction, refusing to submit to a breath test and possessing Zoloft without a prescription.

Judge Mark Singer ordered Shane Weaver, 28, to 10 days in Manatee County jail, with credit for time served, a 90-day house arrest, 12 days in the offender work program and advanced DUI school.

Weaver was arrested by Holmes Beach police for failing field-sobriety tests in January. His vehicle was observed swerving across Gulf Drive. Found in his vehicle were 25 pills marked “Tesla” and 10 Zoloft pills.

HBPD had suggested 25 felony counts of possessing Tesla, a controlled substance known to be twice as strong as MDMA/Ecstasy, but the state attorney’s office dropped them in February, and transferred the case to the misdemeanor division.

After Weaver’s plea in August, Singer also ordered a six-month driver’s license suspension, vehicle impoundment for 30 days and 50 hours of public service, with an optional buy-out at $10 per hour for half of the service work.

Weaver was assessed $2,889 in fines and court costs, according to the court’s website.