• Deputies: Man pulled over near Race Track Road took 30 seconds to wake up


    St. Johns County officials arrested Moonhoon Choi, 36, of Wisconsin, on Jan. 8 for drunk driving on U.S. 1 just South off Race Track Rd. with a breath alcohol test of 0.198.

    Responding to numerous complaints, officials found Choi asleep in the driver's seat of his car, parked in the right lane of U.S. 1 while traffic was free-flowing.

    After about 30 seconds of banging on the window to wake him up, Choi tried to drive forward, nearly hitting a PSA vehicle.

    Officers managed to stop the car, and Choi stepped out of the vehicle.

    An officer asked Choi where he was coming from, and Choi responded "Jacksonville." He then asked where he was headed and Choi responded "Jacksonville".

    Choi reportedly had the odor of alcohol emanating from his person, and claimed he "had a couple of beers" and that he and his friend were coming from the "brewery".

    Officers then asked Choi to do a few Field Sobriety tests, which he agreed to, and was unable to properly follow instructions.

    On at least three separate attempts he moved his head left and right instead of his eyes, he was unable to stay heel-to-toe on the line during the walk and turn test, and he was unable to do a one-leg stand without bending his knee or stepping down.

    Choi was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

    Choi's passenger, Changhyun Ahn, was also under the influence and, due to his inebriation, was unable to be left on the roadside without risking injury to himself or others.

    Unable to contact anyone they knew, police took Ahn to the county jail and placed him into protective custody.

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