Sarasota man gets probation for DUI, refusing test

A Sarasota motorist was handed 12-months probation for driving under the influence and refusing to submit to DUI testing.

Stephen Gorski, now 27, was arrested by Holmes Beach police March 1, after police clocked him speeding on Gulf Drive and observed him run a red light, according to the HBPD report.

Police also reported two fully-loaded guns in his vehicle, for which he was not charged.

Gorski pleaded no contest Sept. 17 with an open plea, allowing 12th Circuit Judge Robert Farrance to determine the sentence.

DUI is a second-degree misdemeanor. Refusing to undergo testing is a first-degree misdemeanor. Gorski faced a year in jail on the charges, according to a court document.

Under the probation order, Gorski is to complete an advanced DUI program, participate on a victim impact panel and perform 100 hours of public service work.

The judge also ordered his vehicle impounded for 10 days and his driver’s license suspended for six months, with a business purpose exception.

His ticket for running a red light was dismissed in open court in September.

Gorski was assessed more than $2,800 in court fines and costs, of which 1,700 was paid, according to court records.

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