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DUI suspect claims to be Florida football player; still gets taken to jail

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A Florida man was taken to jail on charges of DUI and habitually driving while his license was suspended over the weekend, which by itself is hardly newsworthy. But it’s what the suspect said to police while pulled over that grabs a headline on this football blog.

According to a story from the Gainesville Sun, Carl Brusch was pulled over by police at 2 a.m. Saturday morning for changing lanes within 100 feet of an intersection. Brusch then attempted to pull over several times and hit a curb when he was able to stop the car. Brusch then asked police while pulled over if being a member of the Florida Gators football team would affect the outcome of his situation.

It didn’t, and Brusch isn’t really part of the Florida Gators.

And, considering the recent illegal substance “issue” in Gainesville, now may not be the best time to create that new alias.

Unless he said he was Tim Tebow, who apparently only drinks milk.

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19 Responses to “DUI suspect claims to be Florida football player; still gets taken to jail”
  1. Deb says: Aug 8, 2011 12:34 PM

    Wait … it’s illegal to change lanes within 100 feet of an intersection?? I do that sober.

  2. florida727 says: Aug 8, 2011 1:13 PM

    Would it be inappropriate to make a Stephen Garcia comment at this time?

  3. aetherthe says: Aug 8, 2011 1:33 PM

    @Deb – That’s why the solid line is there.

  4. goforthanddie says: Aug 8, 2011 1:34 PM

    You have to know the secret handshake to get out of a ticket.

  5. Deb says: Aug 8, 2011 1:56 PM

    @aetherthe …

    I figure that’s flexible depending on my visibility :)

  6. florida727 says: Aug 8, 2011 2:07 PM

    Kind of like instructions on a box; it’s only the manufacturer’s opinion of how to put that kid’s toy or gas grill together. That solid white line is only the city’s suggestion that you shouldn’t change lanes, Deb.

  7. southernpatriots says: Aug 8, 2011 3:03 PM

    If there was a solid white line between lanes then and only then is changing lanes at that point in violation. However at least in Louisiana and Texas the occurence nearing intersections of solid white lines is somewhat rare.

    There is a rumor (urban legend?) that a driver cannot change lanes nearing intersections, however, that is not normally the case. It is perfectly legal to change lanes in an intersection, so long as it can be done safely (which is always the case when changing lanes.)

    There’s nothing inherently special about being in an intersection that would preclude someone from changing lanes, and if this were the law, it would be very difficult to ever change lanes along most major streets since there is an intersection every block. Solid white lines appear to be the exception, not the rule.

  8. Deb says: Aug 8, 2011 4:31 PM

    I don’t generally change lanes within intersections, but don’t see a problem changing lanes approaching intersections … for instance, if some boobs have been blocking the passing lane and I can safely scoot in front of them when they slow down for the intersection. Florida law definitely instructs slow traffic to keep right, so the boobs shouldn’t have been blocking the passing lane in the first place.

  9. southernpatriots says: Aug 8, 2011 4:44 PM

    Deb: You’re being nice calling them boobs. We have tried to interest our state rep. in introducing legislation to require a psychological examination before a driver’s license is issued.

    We told him we weren’t truly serious but it would bring alot of national attention to a problem with drivers who apparently need some sort of counseling or remedial driver’s education.

    Almost in every state and locality, the left lane is for passing. Some treat it as a driving lane. Driving in the left lane should be the exception when highway work is ongoing or other exceptions. Of course, HOV lanes are the exception for designated vehicles.

  10. overratedgators says: Aug 8, 2011 5:07 PM

    Like a cop was going to fall for this. Anyone knows that a real Gator player wouldn’t just be drunk, he’d be driving with his knees while holding an automatic weapon in one hand, and texting “Time to die, bitch” to his girlfriend with the other.


  11. Deb says: Aug 8, 2011 7:15 PM

    @southernpatriots …

    Will never forget a few years ago, during morning rush hour, a woman with out-of-state plate was in the left lane. Tourist :roll: The right lane was bumper to bumper with many construction vehicles so it was almost impossible to pass her. Traffic was backed up for miles. Cars were sitting on her bumper and drivers were giving her dirty looks and making, um, unfriendly hand gestures as they finally worked their way into the right lane to pass her. To all of them, she flashed her hand at 5-5. She was letting everyone know she was driving the speed limit … so there.

    Finally, it was my turn on her bumper. I didn’t make any hand gestures or attempt to go around her. I just sat on her bumper and sat on my horn. She kept hollering at me in the rearview and waving her 5-5. I just leaned back nonchalantly in the car and stayed on that horn without let-up. Didn’t take more than two minutes of that before she moved over :)

  12. southernpatriots says: Aug 8, 2011 8:40 PM

    Deb: ha. Now that was wisdom!

    There are only a few places where the driving lanes are also the left lane. There is a stretch of I-20 if I can remember near Forest, MS where the right lane is not constructed well enough for trucks so the signs indicate to truckers to drive in the left lane.

    Though the signs are there about every mile, a lady was in the left lane honking at trucks because they did not pull over to the right lane when they were ascending up the hills and inclines. She would frantically motion for the truckers to pull over into the right lane.

    We finally reached this driver and motioned her by hand and by horn to the signs on the side of the road expressly directing truckers to the left lane. She then acted like it was a shock to her but she had already passed up over a dozen highway signs.

  13. Deb says: Aug 8, 2011 9:09 PM

    @southernpatriots …

    ROFL … I generally don’t pick road fights with anything that much bigger than me :)

  14. southernpatriots says: Aug 9, 2011 4:14 AM

    Deb: That a wise policy. At our age, we don’t pick fights with anyone, but we sure have considered it several times.

    We know several long haul truckers who deliver for WalMart and for Cajun food and seasoning manufacturers in south Louisiana. They relate tales to us of abusive drivers tailgating and trying to run them off the roads…serious horror tales that apart from what appears to be divine intervention, they would be in the hospital or morgue.

  15. Deb says: Aug 9, 2011 3:47 PM

    @southernpatriots …

    That is just nuts! Long-haul truckers are driving BIG vehicles that are hard-to-maneuver, often on little sleep and amphetamines. That’s like ticking off a T-Rex on speed. People have no sense.

  16. southernpatriots says: Aug 9, 2011 4:33 PM

    Deb: You write and express things so well usually, but this one makes us tremble, realizing how close we were to disaster on more than a few occasions.

  17. Deb says: Aug 9, 2011 5:41 PM

    @southernpatriots …

    Often when driving, I’m amazed that any of us make it home alive :)

  18. southernpatriots says: Aug 9, 2011 5:48 PM

    Deb: Once again you state it perfectly, and for us as well as yourself. I think I am going to start a practice of praying each time I get into a vehicle to go somewhere.

  19. Deb says: Aug 9, 2011 10:28 PM

    @southernpatriots …

    Several years ago, I started praying before starting the car that I wouldn’t get frustrated in traffic and get into any conflicts with other drivers. It has had a calming effect on my travels :)

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