HBPD arrests Bradenton man for DUI

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A Bradenton man who allegedly urinated during a traffic stop was arrested for driving under the influence.

Holmes Beach police arrested Ernesto Vidal, 65, at 2:46 a.m. Jan. 7 after officers were alerted to a reckless motorist driving a gray Nissan over the Anna Maria Island Bridge.

Parked at the Kingfish Boat Ramp, 700 Manatee Ave., Officer Mike Walker observed sparks flying from the Nissan on the bridge, according to an HBPD report.

Officer Alan Bores arrived on the scene and ordered Vidal to turn off the vehicle and walk to the front of the patrol vehicle.

Vidal complied and agreed to a field-sobriety test, but urinated and nearly fell over several times, according to a police report.

The officer took him into custody and to the Holmes Beach police station, where Vidal provided breath samples measuring 0.193 and 0.200 blood-alcohol content. The legal BAC is 0.08.

Police also determined the tag on the Nissan was assigned to another vehicle and the Nissan’s registration expired in December 2017.

In addition to the DUI arrest, Vidal was ticketed for not driving in a single lane, an attached but unassigned tag and no proof of insurance.

He was booked at the Manatee County jail and released on a $740 bond.

Vidal’s arraignment is set for 8:25 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.