According to FHP, the DUI crash occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. on February 21 along the 1600 block of West Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. A deputy was conducting a roadside DUI investigation along the boulevard when a vehicle rear-ended his patrol cruiser.
The deputy and three others were injured in the crash. They were all taken to Broward Health Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to make a full recovery.
The man who struck the deputy’s vehicle was arrested on a DUI charge. No more details have been provided.
Another DUI incident involving a police officer was reported in Polk County this week. FHP troopers arrested Polk County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Seth Morozowski on a DUI charge after his blood alcohol content (BAC) was reportedly found to be nearly three times over the legal limit.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the accused Deputy was arrested at around 2:54 a.m. on February 15. An FHP trooper pulled in behind his personal vehicle which was stopped on the outside shoulder of eastbound I-4 near North Kingsway Road.
After making contact with the accused deputy, the trooper reported detecting a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. The deputy was observed as being unsteady as he exited the vehicle. He purportedly failed to perform several field sobriety exercises.
He was arrested on a DUI charge and taken to Hillsborough County Jail. Breathalyzer tests allegedly yielded results of .212 and .209, which is almost three times the legal limit for driving in Florida.
Records show the defendant is a K-9 deputy for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. He has been with the department for over nine years. Following his arrest, the sheriff’s office announced that he has been suspended with pay pending termination proceedings.
A DUI is a very serious offense that has severe penalties. Florida has some of the most demanding DUI laws in the nation because of all the deaths that have been caused by drunk drivers. These laws are enforced using a zero tolerance standard by the FHP and local police departments.
As a minimum requirement, anyone convicted of a DUI in Florida will have a combined sentence that can include driver’s license suspension, community service, academic classes on drunk driving, vehicle impoundment, court costs, fines, and a host of other requirements.
The extent of the penalties will depend on the type of DUI case and whether the defendant has any prior convictions. Due to how severe the penalties can be, it is crucial for anyone charged with a DUI to immediately consult an attorney who can review the case and build a good defense.
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