MANATEE - A 49-year-old man who told deputies he had just taken Viagra was arrested after he allegedly exposed himself to another motorist while driving on State Road 70, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
The woman told deputies she was with her two children driving west on State Road 70 about 9:20 p.m. when Douglas Benkert Jr. pulled his pickup truck alongside her vehicle. She looked over and saw that he was masturbating, according to a sheriff's office news release.
The woman slowed down, pulled behind Benkert and called 911.
A deputy stopped Benkert at State Road 70 East and U.S. 301.
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Benkert denied masturbating, saying he was only "adjusting himself," according to the news release.
He also said that he had just picked up a prescription for Viagra, which is used to treat erectile dysfunction, at a Publix pharmacy and that he had swallowed half of a 100mg tablet, according to the sheriff's office. Deputies found a bottle of Viagra during a search of Benkert's vehicle.
Benkert, who faces a charge of lewd and lascivious exhibition, was in the Manatee County jail on $10,000 bond.