Lakeland man with five prior DUI arrests re-arrested in Polk County

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) – A 55-year-old Lakeland man has been arrested for impaired driving following a single-vehicle crash. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says this was not his first encounter with the law.

Kevin Patrick of Lakeland has had five previous arrests for impaired driving and his license has been suspended for the past nine years.

According to the affidavit, at around 6:10 a.m., deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash on Creekwood Run in unincorporated Lakeland. When deputies arrived, they found a bronze 2019 Kia Sportage laying on its roof with the driver’s side rear door open. The vehicle was unoccupied.

Officers discovered an open can of alcohol inside the vehicle.

Patrick was found walking eastbound on Creekwood Run about a mile from the crash site. As the deputies approached him, Patrick dropped a small black object on the floor. Deputies recovered the item, which was the key to the Kia Sportage involved in the crash. Patrick told deputies he found the key and “thought someone on Facebook would report it missing” and then he would give it to that person.

Patrick changed his story and told deputies the Kia belonged to his roommate, who is currently incarcerated.

Deputies smelled the alcohol on Patrick and observed that his eyes were bloodshot and watery.

Inside Patrick’s jacket was a gas receipt from a Circle K in Lakeland. Detectives reviewed store security video which showed the Kia, driven by Patrick, entering the parking lot at around 5:50 a.m. After buying gas, he left the store and drove south on US 98.

The vehicle did not stop before entering the intersection and turning left onto Rockridge Road. He then drove north toward the crash site. The deputies spoke to the store clerk, who said that Patrick was a frequent customer, who frequently bought alcohol, and that he had asked him that morning if it was too early for him to buy it. . He is also known to drive the black Kia.

“When someone gets behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated, he has no respect for life. Thank God he did not hurt or kill anyone while driving under the influence of Thursday With five previous DUI arrests, Patrick has had chance after chance to change. Not to mention he’s not even supposed to be behind the wheel of a car because he doesn’t have a valid license. He has to stay locked up,” Sheriff Grady Judd said.

Patrick was arrested for:

  • DUI 4th ​​or subsequent offense (2 counts)
  • Failure to provide information during an accident
  • Refuse to submit a breath alcohol test
  • Knowingly driving with a suspended license (2 counts)
  • DUI with property damage

He is currently being held in Polk County Jail without bond. Patrick’s driver’s license was suspended in 2013. His criminal history includes seven felonies and 15 misdemeanors for DUI (six prior arrests), burglary, trespassing, aggravated assault, DUI with property damage, attempted escape and multiple driving with a suspended license.

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