Phillip Bishop of Pompano Beach, Florida was arrested Thursday after he was accused of drunkenly fleeing police and crashing into a car, injuring an adult and three children, news sources report. Information regarding the victims’ identities was not immediately available following the incident. Bishop, 64, and the four other victims were all hospitalized. Bishop was later booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of fleeing and eluding police at high speeds, driving under the influence, and for a number of other unspecified traffic violations. Reports did not specify whether he qualified for bail or hired a lawyer.
Based on reports, Bishop’s driver’s license had been suspended sometime before this latest incident. Reports also say Bishop is awaiting trial from another DUI arrest that occurred in June 2012. The details of the suspension and the other DUI case were not immediately clear at press time.
This latest incident occurred around 9:00 Monday evening in the 2900 block of Andrews Avenue. An officer pulled Bishop over after observing him swerving and driving 15 miles per hour, reports say. As the officer spoke with Bishop, who remained in his car, he allegedly observed that Bishop showed classic signs of drunkenness, including an alcoholic odor, unclear speech, and red, glassy eyes.
At first, Bishop reportedly told the officer that he had just left the hospital. Sometime later, Bishop admitted the hospital story was untrue and said he was returning home from a nightclub in Wilton Manors, sources say. Shortly after this confession, Bishop abruptly sped away from the scene and headed west on Northwest 29th Street, reports indicate. The officer followed.
Pursuing police reportedly witnessed Bishop run three stop signs. At Powerline Road and West Oakland Park Boulevard, he allegedly ran a red light as he crossed the intersection. Authorities decided the chase had become too dangerous and called it off, reports say. Instead, they ran Bishop’s tag number, purportedly assuming searching for Bishop’s home address.
According to reports, Bishop never made it home. He reached the intersection of Prospect and Powerline Road and collided with a vehicle containing an adult and three children. The exact details of the crash were not available at press time.
Police arrived to the scene and found Bishop trying to restart his vehicle, reports say. “I have to get home,” Bishop reportedly told the officer. Bishop allegedly asked the officer why his vehicle refused to start.
An 11-year-old girl who had been sitting in the passenger seat of the other car during the collision became trapped and had to be cut free. Reports say she may have sustained injuries to her legs and back. Two children in the back seat had sustained arm and face injuries, sources say. The adult was also injured, though the nature of her or his injuries was not specified. All four were taken to a local hospital. An update on the victims’ condition was not immediately available at press time.
Bishop sustained a cut to his head and required hospitalization. He apparently declined to have his blood alcohol level tested.
Source: 9.4.13 Bishop DUI.pdf