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FHP trooper: Lantana bicyclist facing DUI charge ‘was obviously drunk’


A Lantana man is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail after he was arrested for DUI while riding a bicycle, according to a police report.

After his arrest, Elead Oatway allegedly turned aggressive and it took several correction deputies to escort the 34-year-old man to his holding cell, the report said.

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Oatway is facing charges of DUI and resisting arrest without violence and is being held in lieu of $1,000 bail.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was at a stoplight at the Interstate 95 southbound exit on Hypoluxo Road when Oatway, who was headed west, nearly crashed his bicycle into the trooper’s patrol car. Oatway looked back at the trooper as he continued westbound then fell off his bike and onto the roadway, the report said.

“He was obviously drunk,” the trooper wrote in the report.

Oatway “was cursing and abusive the entire time” while speaking to the trooper.

Two Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene and told the trooper they were familiar with Oatway and that he has a history of resisting arrest.

Court records show that Oatway has been arrested for resisting arrest twice this month and three times since October 2015.

While being taken to PBSO for a blood alcohol test, Oatway allegedly began banging a patrol car’s partition with his boot and his handcuffs. The trooper was forced to pull over his car and wait for deputies to arrive to assist him in putting leg hobbles on Oatway.

“He continued cursing and threatening, making it impossible to…attempt a breath test,” the trooper wrote. “He repeatedly told me if I took him out of the cell he would [urinate] in my face.”


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