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By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – Tyler Gebbie, 22, was arrested for DUI in the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 21, after allegedly passing out in the McDonald’s drive-through.
An officer was dispatched to the restaurant at 1830 W. Thatcher Blvd. at about 1:13 a.m. regarding a welfare check of an unconscious man in a vehicle in the drive-through line. A witness informed the officer that he had checked Gebbie’s pulse but could not find it.
At that time, Gebbie’s vehicle was pointed out by a customer and employee as one that was just leaving the area. The officer followed the vehicle and noted it failed to make a complete stop prior to entering U.S. Highway 70 and that it did not signal 100 feet prior to turning left into Walgreens’ north entrance. The officer then initiated a traffic stop in the Walmart parking lot at 755 S. 20th Ave.
Gebbie allegedly showed multiple signs of impairment but advised he had only drunk one 24-ounce can of “Straw-ber-rita”, which is a Bud Light Lime Strawberry Margarita with 8 percent alcohol by volume.
After failing field sobriety tests, Gebbie was arrested for DUI and transported to the Safford Police Department, where his blood was taken for testing purposes.
Gebbie was later released into the custody of his father, who also picked up Gebbie’s vehicle from Walmart. The report was forwarded to prosecutors, and formal charges are pending blood analysis from the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Crime Lab in Tucson.