A 66-year-old man who reached a plea deal on a DUI manslaughter charge was sentenced to up to five years in prison by a Florida judge. He will also have to spend up to 18 months on probation after he is released. However, the probation period can be reduced to 12 months if the defendant complies with all of its terms imposed upon him. Furthermore, there is a chance that he could be released from prison after completing 85% of his sentence.
A Florida sheriff's deputy has resigned from duty after he was arrested and charged with drunk driving in Indian River County. According to media reports, the resignation was revealed in an administrative investigation report issued on May 17.
A 63-year-old Florida woman was charged with driving under the influence on June 10 after she allegedly drove her car into a crowd of people who had gathered at a motorcycle dealership to hear a band play. She also faces counts of causing an accident that resulted in property damage, leaving the scene of an injury accident, and refusing to submit to a breath test.
A 45-year-old Florida woman was sentenced to 11 years of imprisonment on May 16 a year and a day after she was involved in a fatal drunk driving crash. The case attracted national attention when a mugshot taken just hours after the accident showed the woman smiling broadly. The woman's demeanor was very different during the sentencing hearing as she tearfully apologized to the family of the 60-year-old woman who was killed and asked the judge to show her leniency.
A Florida police officer who was involved in a motor vehicle accident on the night of April 29 has been suspended from duty and charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol. He is also accused of causing approximately $5,000 in property damage. The 41-year-old man joined the Delray Beach Police Department in October 2008. He was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on his own recognizance about six hours after being taken into custody and is scheduled to appear in court on May 20.
A 45-year-old Florida man was driving a golf cart with a blood alcohol concentration more than three times the state's .08 percent limit on the evening of March 28 according to a report from the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. He has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest. The man was taken into custody in Lady Lake and transported to the Sumter County Detention Center for processing.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has increased efforts tied to its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. The campaign has been running in Florida and across the country to remind people not to drink and drive. Law enforcement agencies nationwide are involved in the campaign to crack down on drunk drivers. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is also promoting it Power of Youth program, which is designed to help teenagers say no to drinking and not to get into vehicles with drunk drivers.
A well-known Florida lobbyist was involved in a collision while traveling on Interstate 595 in Davie in late February. He now faces charges for driving under the influence after refusing to submit to DUI testing.
Police in Florida say that a 29-year-old man was drunk when he lost control of his pickup truck in St. Johns County during the early morning hours of Jan. 30. Two pedestrians suffered what media reports described as serious injuries in the ensuing accident. The man's truck also allegedly caused damage to a historic cemetery that a nonprofit group says will cost at least $10,000 to repair. He faces multiple drunk driving charges and is being held at the St. Johns County Jail on a $56,000 bond.
Florida residents may still be buzzing about the NFC Championship game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. However, a Saints player is in the news after being taken into custody for drunk driving at about 1:10 a.m. on Jan. 23. The Saints cornerback was released from custody about three hours later after posting a bond.