A 32-year-old man told deputies he was driving drunk because five bikers were chasing him after they jumped him at Rack’M Bar & Pool.
A deputy observed a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed at 2:24 a.m. on Roseland Road. The driver was identified as Charles Donald Hooper.
According to the deputy, he chased Hooper onto Capewell Court. At first, the deputy lost sight of Hooper but then found him at the dead end with his headlights off, according to the affidavit.
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Hooper exited his vehicle and was calling his wife to pick him up. The deputy observed Hooper’s eyes to be bloodshot, glassy, watery, and his speech was slurred. He was also swaying back and forth and side to side as he talked with the deputy, the report said.
When the deputy asked why he was traveling at a high rate of speed, Hooper said he “just got jumped” by “bikers” at Rack’M Billiards and was being chased after the incident.
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“I observed a bright red scratch approximately one-half inch in length on the right side of his face near the corner of his right eye. I observed his right elbow to be scraped. I observed his left cheek to be pink and swollen, apparently the size of a marble,” the deputy said.
“Hooper told me that he was ‘jumped’ by five bikers outside of Rack’M Billiards,” the deputy added.
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Hooper claims he was “beat up” inside Rack’M, and then he changed his story and said he was beaten up in the parking lot at Home Depot by five bikers.
“He told me originally that five people beat him up and then told me it was four and later said it was three people. He told me that he left the bar in a hurry because ‘they’ the biker gang was going to attack him,” the deputy said.
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Hooper’s statements kept changing, and the deputy said he was not making sense, according to the affidavit. Hooper was asked to submit to voluntary field sobriety tests, but he refused, stating that his “cheek hurt.”
After being transported to the Indian River County Jail, Hooper refused to provide a lawful breath sample. He was charged with DUI.