A Wellington man arrested Wednesday on charges including DUI told police that he had nothing to drink, according to an arrest report.
But breath tests showed that the man’s blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when he was stopped, the report states.
Nathan Lee Haughn is facing charges of DUI, fleeing and eluding law enforcement and driving with a suspended license (third or subsequent offense). Haughn, 34, is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $6,000 bail.
Tequesta police were contacted by an anonymous caller stating that a vehicle operated by Haughn was weaving in and out of lanes and driving 80 mph around the area of Tequesta Drive and U.S. 1.
When police caught up to Haughn, he began traveling substantially below the speed limit and “continuously crossed” between two lanes, the report said. Police pursued Haughn with emergency lights and siren for about a mile before they blocked his car at Alternate State Road A1A and Riverside Drive.
Haughn handed police two debit cards when asked for his driver’s license and “was not making sense” answering questions, the report said. An open alcoholic beverage was found inside the car.
Haughn told police he hadn’t been drinking and said he didn’t know why he was stopped. During a DUI field test, Haughn recited the alphabet to the letter V then refused to complete it, telling an officer, “I know the alphabet, man.”
Tests revealed Haughn had a blood alcohol level that ranged between .210 and .232. That state legal limit is .08.