Hernando County deputies say Ernest Dignall was so intoxicated, he almost hit a median with his car

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla - A 65-year-old Hernando County man, who nearly crashed his car into a median Thursday, had a BAC of .231, deputies say.

Ernest Dignall, 65, of 5302 Ray Drive, Weeki Wachee, is now charged with driving under the influence.

Deputies say they spotted Dignall driving northbound on Commercial Way around 2:30 p.m.  They noted in an arrest report that Dignall couldn't maintain his lane and then abruptly swerved nearly crashing into the median.

When deputies tried to pull Dignall over he reportedly ignored it but later pulled over.

When Dignall rolled down his window, deputies say they detected a strong odor of alcohol and noted Dignall was slurring and had bloodshot eyes.

Dignall was not able to provide his license, registration or proof of insurance when asked for it, deputies say.

Dignall reportedly told deputies he had "two rounds at Applebee's" when asked if he had consumed any alcohol.

Deputies say he later admitted to having four glasses of wine.

According to an arrest affidavit, Dignall agreed to field sobriety tests.  Deputies say he stumbled and nearly fell several times.  Then, they say he stated, "I can't do this, just do what you have to do."

While enroute to the jail, deputies say Dignall screamed profanities at the deputies and refused to get out of the car when they arrived.

Dignall was asked to provide two breath samples for the purpose to determine his blood alcohol.

Deputies say he agreed and blew a .231 and .218.

Dignall was previously convicted for a DUI in Hernando County back in May 2009.

His bond was set at $500.

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