Andrew Rocker was arrested in Orlando, Florida last Friday after a Florida Highway Patrol officer accused him of going over 90 miles per hour on State Road 48, according to news reports. Rocker, a 23-year-old Afghanistan veteran, was booked into jail on charges of driving under the influence while accompanied by a minor. It is not clear whether he was qualified for bail bond or retained a private criminal defense attorney.
According to press reports, the DUI incident occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. last Friday on State Road 408 in Orlando. The trooper who arrested Rocker purportedly alleged that Rocker was weaving in and out of traffic at speeds of 90 mph before he was pulled over. Rocker evidently had a minor passenger with him at the time, though the identity of this person has not been released. It is not clear what happened to the minor after Rocker was arrested.
Although Rocker pulled over when ordered to do so, he allegedly smelled of alcohol and showed other signs of intoxiacation. It is not clear whether he was administered a breathalyzer test, but he did apparantly partake in a field sobriety test, which he failed. He was then arrested and put in the back of the trooper’s patrol car for transport to jail. No one was hurt during the alleged DUI driving, and Rocker appears to have cooperated with the trooper during the arrest.
However, Rocker allegedly became incensed once he was in the patrol car. Rocker allegedly began screaming at the trooper and insulting him for never having served in the military. At some point Rocker is accused of slamming his head against the glass window of the car multiple times and cursing the trooper out when he was commanded to desist.
Footage of the incident was apparantly caught on the trooper’s patrol car surveillance camera. This footage has yet to be released to the public. Rocker is not believed to have commented publicly on the allegations.
Rokcer was not the only public servant who found himself on the wrong side of the law last week. On Friday, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Vincent Bonagura was suspended for a day after an internal affairs investigation concluded that he had been accesing police databases for inappropriate reasons. Bonagura will return to work after his one-day suspension.
News sources indicate that in March, Bonagura came under fire for allegedly accessing a Florida Highway Patrol trooper’s information on the Driver and Vehicle Information Database. The Database is meant for use by law enforcement officers only when necessary, and Bonagura and other members of the police department had apparantly been warned not to use the database carelessly after they were caught looking up records that were not needed for their work.
The FHP trooper in question, Jane Watts, reportedly requested records from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office in order to find out who had looked at her information on the database. Bonagua was indentified as the one who had accessed the account, and he allegedly admitted that he had not needed to do so for an investigation.