John Pizicas, 41, was charged for DUI damage to property or persons, leaving the scene of a crash involving damage to property, and fleeing with disregard of safety to persons or property. The press did not name an attorney for him.
According to the arrest report, the alleged incident occurred at around 3 p.m. on March 22 at an active construction zone near Everglades Boulevard and Golden Gate Boulevard. Troopers working a construction detail reportedly saw a white Kia SUV speeding east on Golden Gate Boulevard within a closed construction zone.
The vehicle ramped off a concrete curb and became airborne, according to FHP troopers. The front of the vehicle sustained heavy damage after it crashed into the ground near a construction worker. The vehicle then continued south and left the scene of the crash.
Troopers pursued the vehicle and attempted to overtake it. The driver allegedly drove recklessly outside of designated lanes and refused to stop even when the troopers activated their emergency lights and sirens to pull him over.
A trooper passed the vehicle and attempted to block it as it approached another construction zone, but the driver drove around the patrol car. The driver tried to turn right onto Golden Gate Boulevard, lost control of the vehicle, crashed into a line of construction barrels, and then drove on the wrong side of the road toward oncoming traffic, FHP said.
The vehicle struck several more barrels and almost crashed into multiple vehicles and construction workers while leading troopers on a chase. At least one construction worker had to run out of the way of the vehicle, according to the report.
The driver eventually stopped the vehicle in the driveway of a home on Golden Gate Boulevard, jumped out, and tried to run towards the woods, according to FHP. Troopers deployed a K9 to capture the driver, who was eventually apprehend and arrested. FHP identified the driver as Pizicas.
Troopers reported that Pizicas showed signs of impairment from alcohol after his arrest. He was transported to a hospital to receive treatment for a K9 bite before he was transported to the Naples Jail Center. It is unclear if the troopers checked his blood-alcohol content at any point after his arrest.
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a very serious offense in the State of Florida. The Florida legislature has passed some of the most demanding DUI laws in the nation because of all the horrible deaths, particularly of young people, that have occurred as a result of drunk driving. DUI laws are enforced using a zero tolerance standard by the FHP and local police departments.
The penalties for a DUI conviction vary depending on the severity of the offense and whether the charged individual has any prior convictions. Anyone charged with a DUI should immediately consult an attorney to represent and protect your rights in court.
South Florida DUI Attorney