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Marion County Sheriff's reports

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Woman finds stranger sleeping in her car

By Jim Clark

A man who was discovered sleeping in someone else’s car was accused of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, a woman came out of Walmart on State Road 200 and found Shawn Thomas Miller, 38, of Southwest 52nd Street, sleeping in her car. She called deputies, who arrived and found Miller still asleep.

After being awakened, he first said that it was his father’s car and he had been sleeping for several hours because he had been drinking.

He then consented to a search, and he was reportedly found to have five Xanax pills without a prescription.

The vehicle owners did not press charges for trespassing, but Miller was arrested on the possession charge.

Also at Walmart, a woman was accused of retail petit theft after she allegedly took a knife sharpener kit, sunglasses, shampoo, conditioner, hair ties and hair brushes. Rebecca Danielle Jones, 26, of Southwest 132nd Lane, was given a notice to appear. She and two people who were with her were issued trespass warnings.

The Southwest District Office of the Sheriff reported three DUI arrests:

As part of a DUI checkpoint at the post office on Southwest 60th Avenue, Stephen Bernard Forrest Jr. of Southwest 31st Street was accused of DUI, third offense. When he stopped for the checkpoint he failed to follow the cars in front of him, and had an open bottle of beer in the vehicle. He allegedly failed the field sobriety test. He refused to take a breath test and was arrested.

Donald G. Eckerdt of Northwest 20th Street was accused of DUI after he was found sleeping in his minivan at SR 200 and Southwest 60th Avenue. He also refused to submit to a breath test and was arrested.

Carlos A. Reinoso-Castenada of Fort Myers was accused of DUI after being stopped on West State Road 40 after making a wide left turn and then traveling west in the eastbound lane. His breath registered at 0.168 and 0.177.