Robert Deen Cowart of Palm Coast, Florida was reportedly arrested after he was allegedly found driving under the influence, according to news reports. Cowart, 55, was arrested in April and again in May on charges ranging from driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, and resisting arrest without violence. Cowart, according to news reports, is now in danger of losing his driver’s license. It is not entirely clear whether he has retained a private criminal defense lawyer.
According to news reports, Cowart was arrested on May 7 after a police officer alleged that he was driving drunk. The incident reportedly occurred on U.S. 1 near Nova Road at approximately 1:00 in the afternoon. The arresting officer purportedly alleged that Cowart, driving his tan-colored Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, almost crashed into another vehicle and was swerving while driving. Once pulled over, Cowart allegedly struggled to stand upright and smelled of alcohol. A blood sample was submitted for testing, but the results are apparently not yet available.
Sources indicate that Cowart remains in Volusia County Jail on the charges, awaiting trial. He was reportedly granted $1,000 bail bond, but if he pays it, he will be transported to Flaglar County Jail, where he will not qualify for bail bond.
News reports indicate that Cowart was arrested less than a month before after an alleged drunk driving incident. The episode purportedly occured on County Road 305 in Flagler County at approximately 3:39 in the afternoon on April 13th. In that instance, Cowart allegedly crashed his truck into a tree in front of his sister’s home. The crash was low-impact and Cowart was not hurt, reports indicate. When a deputy arrived at the scene, Cowart was allegedly sitting in his sister’s front yard, attempting and failing to stand upright. A witness alleged that she had been driving behind Cowart, who was swerving, and that when she had tried to pass the truck it had swerved, nearly hitting her vehicle.
Cowart was transported to Florida Hospital Flagler and administered a breathalyzer test, which indicated that he had a blood alcohol content of 0.344. The legal blood alcohol limit for driving is 0.08. An officer also purportedly noted that there was a 750-millileter bottle of vodka, about a quarter full, in the cup holder of Cowart’s vehicle, along with an empty 12-pack of beer. Cowart apparently bailed out of jail on April 18th on $5,000 bail bond.
Cowart has not been convicted of any of the recent charges, and it is important to note that he is innocent until proven guilty. However, according to news reports, his status as a repeat offender may result in felony charges. If Cowart is convicted of a third-degree felony, he will face up to five years behind bars, a $5,000 fine, and anywhere from 10 years to lifetime revocation of his driver’s license. If convicted as charged currently, his maximum sentence is one year in prison, a $4,000 fine, and up to 10 years’ license revocation.