Gabriel Tommie of Hollywood, Florida was arrested last Tuesday after allegedly crashing his vehicle into a motorist and driving away from the crash site, all under the influence of alcohol. News sources did not specify whether bail has been set for Tommie after his arrest, and it is unclear if he has enlisted the services of an attorney.
According to the arrest report, the crash occurred on January 27. Tommie, 53, was purportedly driving a pickup truck when he ran into a motorist at the intersection of Stirling Road and South University Drive. Tommie reportedly fled the scene, but another motorist who witnessed the crash followed Tommie, sources say. The driver Tommie purportedly crashed into had to be treated at the hospital for a hand injury.
The witness later told police that Tommie ran a red light and ran into a pole. The eyewitness claims Tommie abandoned his pickup truck and fled the accident site on foot.
The witness contacted police officers, who reportedly found Tommie outside of some businesses located at 7126 Stirling Road. According to the officers, Tommie tried to flee when he noticed them, but the officers managed to catch him and ask him some questions.
Tommie allegedly gave the officers conflicting information about the events that transpired before and after the crash. The officers claim Tommie first told them he drove there, but then he said he took a taxi, and then he finally said he walked to the plaza. Tommie’s allegedly smelled of alcohol and exhibited slurred speech.
Tommie refused to voluntarily take a sobriety test, but police say he agreed to take a breath test after they took him to the station. His alcohol level was slightly above .179, which is more than double the legal limit for drivers in the state of Florida. The motorist who claims to have witnessed the alleged hit-and-run later identified Tommie.
Jail records show Tommie was first arrested and then released after the accident in January. He was arrested for a second time last week and faces hit-and-run and DUI charges.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Tommie was convicted in two previous DUI cases. He has had several driver’s license suspensions since 1988. Records from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show that Tommie was also convicted for possession of cocaine in 2006.
Source: 3.30.16 Tommie DUI Car Crash.pdf