Florida man charged after alleged drunken spree in James City, York

Staff Writer

A Florida man has been charged and arrested after police say he was drunk driving in a Busch Gardens parking lot and crashed his rental car before crossing two four-lane highways and a set of railroad tracks on foot to tell residents on Tam-O-Shanter Boulevard he’d been in an accident but didn’t know where.

Hugh Jason Hallmark, 43 of Destin, has been charged with two felony counts of destruction of property and three misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, drunk in public and reckless driving in a parking lot, according to documents filed in York-Poquoson General District Court.

In the early morning of Nov. 24, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office deputies received several calls after a man banged on a series of doors in the neighborhood, one court filing said.

The Florida man, identified as Hugh Jason Hallmark, told officers he had been involved in a car accident but didn’t know where it happened or what he had hit.

“He was extremely intoxicated and arrested for drunk in public,” one criminal complaint said. During field sobriety tests, Hallmark told officers he was too drunk to do them.

Later that morning, deputies discovered a rental car from Norfolk International Airport inside the Scotland parking lot in Busch Gardens.

The late-model Chrysler 300 had at least $2,000 worth of damage and deputies noted at least $2,000 worth of damage to a Busch Gardens gate building, according to the court filings.

Hallmark was served arrest warrants on Nov. 24 and Dec. 12, court documents said.

If convicted to the maximum extent of the law, Hallmark faces as much as four years behind bars and $10,250 of fines, according to the Virginia Code.

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329, by email at srobertsjr@vagazette.com and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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