This www.lohud.com story is out of New York where a West Nyack man, who is accused of injuring two police officers by running into a police cruiser while DUI, is also wanted on a Florida warrant charged with assaulting a Miami Beach police officer. The 30-year-old man from West Nyack is in jail on a$75,000 bond. He’s been convicted there of drunk driving three times in the last five years, most recently when he rammed the police cruiser. In January 2003, he was charged with disorderly conduct and assaulting a Miami Beach female police officer who asked him to leave after a disturbance. He was taken to jail after pushing the officer to the ground. It is still not clear why he was not prosecuted on that charge but Florida contacted New York to say it still has a warrant for his arrest on those charges.
Our condolences go out to the family of this man who seems on a path of destruction. Let’s hope that he doesn’t take anyone with him before he is locked up, at taxpayer expense, once again.
Miami-Dade County saw 43,376 Florida auto accidents in 2008, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 1,878 were alcohol-related and there were 271 fatalities from crashes.
DUI Laws and Liability Issues
Driving under the influence is a serious crime under Florida law, which defines anyone with a blood alcohol level over 0.08 as impaired. Under Florida law for Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide-s. 316.193 (3), F.S.
- DUI/Manslaughter: Second Degree Felony (not more than $10,000 fine and/or 15 years imprisonment).
- DUI Manslaughter/Leaving the Scene: A driver convicted of DUI Manslaughter who knew/should have known an accident occurred; and failed to give information or render aid is guilty of a First Degree Felony (not more than $10,000 fine and/or 30 years imprisonment).
- Vehicular Homicide: Second Degree Felony (not more than $10,000 fine and/or 15 years imprisonment).
- Vehicular Homicide/Leaving the Scene: A driver convicted of vehicular homicide who left the scene of an accident is guilty of a First Degree Felony (nor more than $10,000 fine and/or 30 years imprisonment).
Since this man is a repeat offender, I hope he is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and is held civilly liable for the devastation he has caused.
Victims and their families of a driver like this would be well-advised to contact an experienced Florida injury attorney who has a successful track record of holding drunk and negligent drivers accountable for their actions. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of victims of this guy and guys like him whose negligence results in auto accident fatalities may be able to a file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation to cover funeral expenses, loss of wages, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.