Johnathon Dujuan Thompson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was arrested on DUI charges following a fatal crash that caused the death of Andy Jackson Sanford of Brandon.
Thompson, 39, is charged with DUI, leaving the scene of a crash, and driving with a suspended license. The press did not name an attorney for him.
According to the arrest report, the crash occurred at around 1:45 a.m. on Interstate 4, east of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Orient Road. Thompson was reportedly driving east when 23-year-old Sanford attempted to pass him on a motorcycle.
Sanford crashed his motorcycle into the back of Thompson’s vehicle. He suffered severe injuries and was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he died.
Thompson didn’t stop his car after the crash, sources allege. He reportedly kept on driving until he was stopped by Florida Highway Patrol troopers north of the Fletcher Avenue exit. It is unclear how the troopers determined he was driving under the influence. Often, field sobriety tests or breathalyzer tests are used for this purpose.
Another hit-and-run incident was reported in Broward earlier this month. Travis Barlow was arrested on January 27 for his alleged role in a hit-and-run crash. Barlow, 27, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failing to obey an officer, and driving with a suspended license. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.
According to the arrest report, the alleged hit-and-run crash occurred on January 27 in Davie. A pair of officers noticed two cars speeding, and the driver of the trailing car reportedly tried to capture their attention by honking and flashing the car’s headlights.
The officers followed the two cars until they stopped at a dead end. The woman in the trailing car told them that the driver in the other car, a Toyota Camry, had struck her some minutes ago. The driver of the Camry allegedly tried to get away, making a U-turn while sticking his middle finger out at the two officers. He, however, lost control of the car and struck a sidewalk, disabling his car.
The driver was identified as Barrow. When the confronted by the two officers, he purportedly said that he “wasn’t driving” even though he was the only person in the vehicle. The officers searched his name and discovered he has two active warrants for driving a car with a suspended license.
Barlow was placed in the police patrol car, where he allegedly became violent. He tried to kick down the door and banged his head on the partition, sources allege. He also spewed racial statements at one of the officers, the report claims. Barlow was taken to a nearby medical center, where he was cleared by medical staff prior to being taken to jail.
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