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Terry Steven Hutchins of Plantation, Florida Arrested for DUI Manslaughter

Terry Steven Hutchins of Plantation, Florida was arrested Sunday after he was accused of crashing into a bus while under the influence of alcohol, news sources report. Christopher Francis Hutchins, 31, was in Hutchins’s car at the time of the crash; he was pronounced dead at the scene. Hutchins, 30, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of DUI first offense, DUI manslaughter, DUI with damage to another’s property, and failure to use due care in stopped traffic. He was later released on a $21,000 bail bond. It is not yet known whether Hutchins has hired a criminal defense lawyer.

According to reports, the incident occurred around 6:20 a.m. on December 11, 2012 along West Broward Boulevard. Hutchins was driving a Lexus with his brother in the passenger seat when he crashed into an eastbound Broward County Transit bus. Further details of how the crash occurred have not yet been released; it is not clear whether the crash was caused by a lane change, a turn, failure to stop, or some other factor. Paramedics arrived at the crash site and pronounced Christopher Hutchins dead at the scene. It is unclear whether Terry Hutchins or any of the occupants on the bus were injured.

After placing Hutchins under arrest, police learned that he was under the influence of alcohol, sources say. Reports did not specify whether Hutchins submitted to a breathalyzer test, or if his blood alcohol content was calculated through some other means. At this point, no one involved in the crash appears to have spoken to the press about their experiences. The family has also remained mum about their loss.

Not all local crime news is so tragic. Mary Peck of Boca Raton was arrested Tuesday night after she was accused of exposing herself to police officers, reports say. Peck, 47, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of indecent exposure. It is unclear whether she qualified for bail or hired legal representation.

According to reports, the incident occurred Tuesday night at the Grand Tavern in Delray Beach. Police responded to the bar after receiving a complaint about an unspecified disturbance. Officers arrived to the bar and learned that Peck was behind the disturbance. The officers asked Peck to exit the premises; however, Peck reportedly walked to a patch of nearby bushes, slipped her pants down below her wait, and urinated. “After she was done,” a police report says, “she stood up and exposed herself [to the police officers].” The officers approached her and told her to put her pants up before placing her under arrest.

It is not clear whether police conducted any sobriety tests on Peck, nor is it known whether she offered an explanation for her purported actions. Indecent exposure cases often involve alcohol; when they do not, the crimes usually (but not always) involve sexual motivations. Flashers and public masturbators are sometimes hit with the charge. Certain types of indecent exposure, including indecent exposure near a school, come with higher penalties than the standard variety.

Sources: 3.4.13 Hutchins DUI.pdf, 3.4.13 Peck Indecent Exposure.pdf.

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