Rey Villanueva was arrested on DUI charges for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run crash that killed a motorcyclist.
Villanueva, 30, was arrested on charges that include reckless driving, leaving the scene with property damage, leaving the scene with death, and DUI manslaughter. Attorney information was not available.
According to the Miami Police Department, the hit-amd-run collision occurred at around 7 a.m. on March 21 at the intersection of U.S. 1 and SW 17th Avenue in Miami. A motorcyclist and a Toyota Camry were struck by a Chevy Impala.
The motorcyclist, whose name has not been released, was rushed to an area hospital, where he later died. It is unclear if the driver of the Camry was injured.
Villanueva didn’t halt, instead continuing to drive until he jumped a curb and crashed into a light pole, sources allege. Police who arrived at the scene reported finding Villanueva “with his license plate in his bloody hands,” according to the report.
The officers reported that “a strong odor of alcoholic beverage” emitted from Villanueva. He agreed to perform field sobriety tests, and after five tests, including the walk and turn and one leg stand, the officers determined that he was impaired, the report said.
Villanueva refused to take a breathalyzer test, but he was required to give blood since the crash caused a death. It is unclear if his blood alcohol content was above the legal limit.
Another DUI case was reported in Miami-Dade on March 15. State corrections officer Miya Bell of Homestead was arrested on March 9 for allegedly driving under the influence while her children were in the vehicle.
Bell, 27, is charged with DUI, child abuse, battery on an officer, and resisting an officer with and without violence. She was ordered held on $25,000 bond. News sources did not name an attorney for her.
According to the arrest report, police were called to Larry and Penny Thompson Park after someone reported seeing an SUV being driven recklessly in the area of SW 184th Street and 127th Avenue.
The responding officers reportedly saw the SUV switching lanes several times without signaling, almost causing an accident. The officers eventually managed to get the driver to pull over and she was identified as Bell, according to the report.
Bell allegedly reeked of alcohol, had bloodshot and watery eyes, and spoke in slurred speech. She told the officers that she had come from “the club,” the report claims. The officers noted that her two young children were sleeping in the back seat of the vehicle.
Bell refused to perform field sobriety exercises and became violent when the officers tried to arrest her. The officers eventually restrained her and placed her in their patrol car. The Florida Department of Children and Families was notified about her children.
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