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Milton tanker driver charged with DUI

A Milton man has been sentenced to jail for being drunk while driving a chemical tanker truck along Highway 29 in North Escambia.

The Escambia County Sheriffs Office said a citizens tip about 5:30 a.m. on January 14 about a trucker driving erratically led to deputies stopping the northbound tanker truck full of maleic anhydride on Highway 29 near Tedder Road, just south of Century.

The driver, 35-year old Alex Victorovich Kozlov of Milton exhibited odd behavior and an odor of alcohol was detected by deputies, the Sheriffs Office said. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage with a blood alcohol level greater than .15. Deputies reported finding a half empty body of vodka in the cab of the truck.

Kozlov was convicted of the charges against him and sentence by Judge Darlene Dickey to nine months in the Escambia County Jail and 50 hours of community service. His drivers license was also suspended for 12 months.