JENSEN BEACH, Fla. - After a deputy asked Matthew Falkner for his identification, the Palm City man started taking out a taco.
When another deputy noted the request wasn't for a taco, the booze-smelling Falkner shrugged and laughed and again started to take out a taco while in the driver's seat of a pick-up at Taco Bell, according to recently released Martin County Sheriff's records.
The records didn't state whether Falkner was thinking outside the bun.
The early morning Oct. 1 exchange happened at a Taco Bell in Jensen Beach. A manager said a Chevrolet pick-up was in front of the drive through lane and the driver may have fallen asleep. The manager told dispatchers the driver's foot was on the accelerator, the engine was revving and smoke was coming from the vehicle.
When deputies arrived, the driver, identified as Falkner, 30, looked to be passed out or snoozing. A deputy lifted his foot off the gas pedal and turned off the engine.
"I asked the driver if he knew he fell asleep with his foot on the gas pedal and he stated he didn't know," an arrest affidavit states.
Falkner started fumbling with his Taco Bell bag.
A deputy asked for his ID, and he said, "No." Asked again for ID, Falkner stared, laughed and started to reach in his Taco Bell bag and take out a taco. Another deputy told Falkner they asked not for a taco, but for his ID. He shrugged and laughed again, and eventually began trying to eat the taco.
The affidavit didn't state whether it was a Soft Taco, Crunchy Taco, Volcano Taco, Double Decker Taco Supreme, Fresco Grilled Steak Soft Taco or another variety of Taco Bell taco.
Falkner was told to step out. He put down his taco and taco bag, and deputies noticed the pick-up's engine was on fire. Fire extinguishers were used to squelch the small blaze.
Falkner said he'd imbibed "a beer." Investigators detected a "strong odor" of alcohol on Falkner. Breath tests measured his blood alcohol content as 0.227 and 0.225 -- nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08.
Falkner, of the 5900 block of Southwest Ranchito Drive in Palm City, was arrested on a DUI charge.
The affidavit didn't state whether Falkner got to eat the taco.
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