Drunk Driver Found With Multiple Guns In Florida Keys

Authorities arrested a Big Pine Key man on Saturday after deputies said he drove drunk and witnesses said he fired a gun from his van while he was stopped at a red light in Marathon.

Dusty Ray Clark, 37, faces charges of driving while under the influence and a number of weapons violations.

Officials with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to a report of a reckless driver leaving the Brass Monkey bar in a white van around 11:20 p.m. Witnesses told dispatchers that someone inside the van "popped off rounds" from a gun while waiting to turn on the Overseas Highway.

Deputies found the van speeding along the Seven Mile Bridge and conducted a traffic stop. 

Deputies said Clark was slurring his words, had trouble keeping his balance and smelled of alcohol. Clark also failed a field sobriety test, according to officials.

During the arrest, Clark claimed that a female deputy sexually assaulted him. 

Although there was no evidence that an assault occurred, Clark was taken to Fisherman's Hospital to be examined and eventually transferred to jail.

A search of the van found several firearms including a: 

  • 9 mm handgun
  • .22-caliber rifle 
  • .22-caliber handgun 

As a convicted felon, Clark is not permitted to own firearms.

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