Timothy Vermillion of Broward County, Florida was involved in a DUI hit-and-run collision Thursday after he allegedly crashed into another car while driving on the wrong side of the road, news sources report. Information regarding the victim’s identity was not immediately available following the incident. Vermillion, 55, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on multiple charges, including DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, driving the wrong way, driving with a revoked license, and driving with no insurance. A judge set his bail bond at $96,000. It is unclear whether Vermillion attained an attorney.
According to reports, this is not Vermillion’s first DUI arrest. He faced prior DUI convictions in February 2008 and November 2012. Vermillion was sentenced to one year of probation following the November conviction. Earlier this month, Vermillion was arrested for violating that probation and was released on Wednesday on his own recognizance.
The accident occurred on Thursday, one day after Vermillion’s release. Reports say Vermillion was under the influence when drove onto the wrong side of the road and crashed head-on into another car. After the crash, Vermillion allegedly abandoned his vehicle and fled the scene on foot. Two people in the other vehicle had to be hospitalized for unspecified injuries; an update on their condition was not available at press time.
Vermillion was arrested shortly after the incident and appeared in court before a Broward County judge. “The court believes you represent an extreme danger to the people of Broward County,” the judge said. “You continue to drive while you’re impaired… and you’re running into people and hurting people.” The judge added that, “All this was done while your license was revoked for DUI, canceled, suspended, no insurance and you’re on probation for DUI.”
Vermillion was not the only South Florida resident arrested for DUI this past week. Phillip P. Jordan of Ocala was arrested Thursday after he was accused of drunkenly driving to a fast food restaurant, reports say. Jordan, 58, was booked into the Marion County Jail on charges of DUI. His bail was set at $15,000. It is unclear whether Jordan has hired legal representation.
According to reports, Jordan is no stranger to DUI convictions. Sources say this is Jordan’s eighth DUI arrest; he has already been convicted of DU seven times Florida and Georgia. The details of those cases are not currently clear.
During this latest incident, Jordan reportedly pulled up to a fast food restaurant drive-through window. A clerk noticed that “[Jordan] was nearly falling over and using the door for support,” a report says. Alarmed, the clerk reported Jordan to the police. An officer arrived soon after and pulled Jordan’s vehicle over.
The officer approached Jordan’s vehicle and noted that Jordan had “a strong smell of an alcoholic beverage on his breath” and that his “eyes were bloodshot and watery,” sources indictate. Jordan reportedly said that, instead of drinking coffee in the morning, he consumed “beer” and that beer was his coffee. Jordan went on to say that he had Icehouse beer for breakfast that morning before leaving the house. Jordan was arrested after he failed a sobriety test.