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Convicted felon charged with DUI and possessing loaded rifle

Hernando Today staff reports

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BROOKSVILLE - Sheriff's deputies recovered a Mossberg .22-caliber rifle loaded with 14 rounds and one in the chamber from a convicted felon Sunday after he was pulled over on suspicion of DUI.

An arrest report shows Shane Robert Westwood, 30, of Brooksville, was seen by a deputy driving off the road several times on Arizona Street.

After the deputy turned his emergency lights on, Westwood allegedly slammed on his brakes, almost coming to a complete stop on Wiscon Road, according to the report.

The deputy ran a check on the license plate on Westwood's car, but it did not come back as the description of the car Westwood was driving.

The rifle was in plain view and Westwood told the deputy he is a convicted felon and knew he was not supposed to have a firearm, according to the report.

After failing to pass a sobriety test, Westwood allegedly told the deputy, "It doesn't matter anyway. I'm already in trouble."

Westwood refused a Breathalyzer test at the Hernando County Jail, where he was booked on charges of driving with a suspended license with two or more prior convictions, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, driving under the influence, and refusing to submit to a breathalyzer with one prior DUI charge, according to the report.

He is being held on $21,500 bond, the report shows.

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