Hugo Venancio Samayoa of West Palm Beach was arrested for alleged driving his Nissan truck while under the influence, crashing into another vehicle, and then passing out behind the wheel after the crash. Samayoa is being charged with DUI and is currently held at Palm Beach County Jail without bail. It is unclear whether he has acquired legal representation.
According to the arrest report filed by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the alleged incident happened on March 28. Samayoa, 44, was driving his vehicle near West Palm Beach sometime after 12 p.m. when he crashed into a Ford minivan at the intersection of Forest Hill Boulevard and North Military Trail.
Police officers who arrived at the scene of the crash claim to have found Samayoa passed out behind the wheel with his foot on the brake pedal and the car in drive mode. The officers had to shift Samayoa’s car in park mode to get it to completely stop. News sources did not specify the name or condition of the driver of the minivan Samayoa crashed into.
After searching Samayoa’s vehicle, officers claim to have found an empty bottle of Southern Comfort. Samayoa was taken to Wellington Regional Hospital where a test was performed to check his blood alcohol content. His results showed a BAC of 0.34: over four times the legal driving limit for Florida. Records from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles show Samayoa has been charged with DUI on two other occasions in 2000 and 2007.
DUI fatalities are still a big problem in the state of Florida and over the past decade, drivers with a BAC over the legal driving limit caused on average 30% of all traffic-related fatalities. First and second DUI offenses are considered misdemeanors in Florida, a third or subsequent DUI offense is a 3rd degree felony.