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Arlene Torres of Miami, Florida Arrested on DUI Charges

Arlene Torres of Miami, Florida was arrested on Sunday for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and causing a crash with her son in the back seat of the car.

Torres faces several DUI charges, including DUI, DUI with serious bodily injury, DUI while accompanied by a minor, and resisting an officer without violence. She is being held at Turner Guilford Knight Center. The press did not say if bond has been set for her or if she has hired an attorney.

According to the arrest report, the crash occurred near NW 17th Avenue and NW 54th Street on Sunday evening. Police responded to calls of a crash in the area and Torres was identified as one of the drivers involved in the incident.

The officers wrote that Torres was “unable to keep her head up” and had “blood shot watery eyes.” When questioned about the crash, Torres told police that she was driving home when the accident happened. She said she was leaving South Beach and “only had one drink,” the report said. Police purportedly saw an open bottle of vodka when they surveyed the vehicle.

Torres refused to perform field sobriety exercises and reportedly kept pulling away and tensing her body when officers tried to arrest her. Torres and her son were not hurt in the crash, but one unidentified person was reportedly injured and taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Another DUI arrest was reported in Miami-Dade yesterday. Martin Hernandez was arrested for his alleged involvement in a DUI crash that killed Zachery Carl Baldwin in March. Hernandez, 87, is facing DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges. He was booked into Miami-Dade Jail on Monday and is being held on a $42,000 bond. Attorney information was not available.

According to the arrest report, the crash took place in the 3000 block of NW 54th Street. Hernandez was driving a Toyota Corolla when he veered out of his lane and sideswiped another vehicle, which struck Baldwin, 42, and another pedestrian. Baldwin died at the scene and the other pedestrian wasn’t seriously injured.

Officers who arrived at the scene reported that Hernandez had difficulty focusing his attention. He allegedly spoke strangely, had bloodshot eyes, and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

Hernandez allegedly told police that he had three to four beers at a restaurant before the accident. His blood alcohol level after the crash was .156, which is almost twice the legal limit in Florida.

The Florida legislature is very strict with DUI cases because of all the deaths that have been caused by drunk driving. Anyone convicted of a DUI in the state must receive a combined sentence that includes community service, academic classes on DUI, driver’s license suspension, vehicle impoundment, fines, court costs, and payment of restitution when appropriate.

First time DUI offenses that don’t involve serious bodily harm or death are generally treated as a misdemeanor. In cases like that the offender usually only receives probation and other special conditions, such as driver’s license suspension, community service, and DUI classes, among others—but no jail time.

Sources: 6.12.17 Arlene Torres Arrested on DUI charges.pdf & 6.12.17 Martin Hernandez Arrested on DUI charges.pdf

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