A St. Augustine man went on a wild ride Wednesday night, November 3, crashing a truck belonging to his boss into a telephone pole after fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run at U.S. 1 and West Castillo Drive, reports The Florida Times-Union.
St. Augustine police jailed the 47-year-old man around 9 p.m. after he hit the power pole, knocking out power to residents in one block around San Marco and Myrtle avenues. The man told police he left the first crash where he side-swiped another vehicle because he was driving a truck belonging to his boss. He is being charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident causing about $25,000 in damage.
Police consider the reckless driver to be at-fault in the first crash.
According to Florida Statute 316.192 – Reckless driving is defined as disregarding the safety of persons or property or fleeing a law enforcement officer. The punishment can include jail for up to 90 days and a fine not to exceed $500. A subsequent conviction can lead to jail time of up to 6 months and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
Damage to property or a person is a misdemeanor of the first degree, while serious bodily injury is a felony of the third degree.
In Florida, if the court believes the use of alcohol or chemical substances contributed to the reckless driving, the individual may be sentenced to a DUI school by the court.
Fortunately, there were no serious injuries in this case of reckless driving, which is unusual considering the well-trafficked roads of St. Augustine.
If you have been injured by a reckless driver through no fault of your own, the Florida car crash attorneys at Farah & Farah will take the time to talk to you about your case and discuss your options for recovery so you don’t have to go it alone.