PALM BAY, Florida – A Melbourne man was arrested on charges of DUI, Methamphetamine Possession, and Drug Paraphernalia after an officer saw him using binoculars to observe children at a playground, according to Palm Bay Police Department.
At approximately 2:35 p.m., a Palm Bay officer noticed a man inside a van parked in the area east of the Basketball Courts of Fred Lee Park located at 895 NE Emerson Drive.
The man, later identified as 32-year-old Brendan Ryan Byrnes, was acting suspiciously and appeared to be holding binoculars as he looked in the direction of where several children were playing at the playground area, according to the report.
When Byrnes looked at the officer and realized he was being observed by police, he slowly backed up and exited the park with his van.
The vehicle was a full-size van with dark materials placed in all windows, blocking the view inside.
As the officer followed Byrnes traveling to Malabar Road, he noticed the driver had difficulty in the overall maneuvering of the van. The vehicle crossed the shoulder median fog line on three occasions, the report said.
Byrnes was then traveling 47 mph on Malabar Road in front of the Palm Bay Walmart in a 35 mph zone. Byrnes then suddenly changed lanes from the center lane to the inside, causing another vehicle to suddenly slow down.
The officer believed Byrnes may have been impaired and conducted a traffic stop on the northbound ramp of I-95 from Malabar Road.
“Upon making contact with the defendant, I did not smell any odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the defendant. I did notice the defendant seemed to be amped up and the defendant’s eyes were extremely white,” the officer said.
A K-9 was requested to conduct a drug sniff on the vehicle. The police dog alerted that drugs were in the van.
While searching Byrnes’ van, police found a small binocular set in the center compartment and a monocular in the center dash compartment. A monocular is an optical instrument for viewing distant objects with one eye, like one half of a pair of binoculars.
The van appeared to be the living quarters for Byrnes as there appeared to be several clothes, pillows, and chairs. On the wall was a safe.
Police found a set of keys in a military-style camo backpack, which fit the safe. Inside was a syringe, a small baggie of methamphetamine, two thumb drives, a metal container with an unidentified pill inside, and a checkbook.
The thumb drives were later submitted into evidence for a further investigation.
Byrnes admitted he did meth but said it was the day before. He then asked for an attorney and all questions were stopped.
The officer informed Byrnes he was being charged for DUI and requested a urine sample, which he refused.
Byrnes was then transported to the Brevard County Jail. As of Friday morning, he was still in jail on a $1,000 bond.
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