15 years for the fatal DUI crash

Via [Miami Herald 11/21/2011] Tampa – Florida. A Tampa Bay man gets 15 ears in prison for a DUI related fatal crash happened in April 2009. Caril, a Tampa bay area resident 25 at that time has crashed into another car at a red light while going about 80 mph.  That car’s driver, 37-year-old Tina Harrison, died a short time later at a nearby hospital, and a passenger was injured. Authorities say Carll had mixed prescription pain killers with alcohol while partying that night.

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A 24-year-old Tampa man has been arrested

TAMPA : A 24-year-old Tampa man has been arrested early Saturday morning on a variety of charges regarding his role in a three-vehicle crash on Hillsborough Ave. Luis Alberto Reyes-Cervantes was apprehended and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail following a short pursuit. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report the suspect was traveling west on Hillsborough Ave. in his 1999 Ford Ranger pickup truck just west of Highland Ave. when he struck an eastbound vehicle head-on.

Source: http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/local/hillsborough/tampa_dui_arrest_crash073011

Award for making most DUIs goes to Pasco trooper

The winner of the Hurd-Smith award for making most DUI arrests on the state is a Pasco County trooper Ronald Evans Jr who has made 238 DUI arrests in 2010.  Mr. Evans also won the award in 2009 for making 187 DUI arrests.

This is a significant increase of 27%  in a number of arrests a trooper has made in 2010. How this 27% increase in a number of arrests can be explained? On my opinion it’s either we got really much more dunk people driving under influence or perhaps Highway patrol has significantly increase the patrolling hours. After all, the increase is 27%!

Sgt. Steve Gaskins, spokesman for the FHP, said the reason for the high numbers isn’t because Pasco has an extreme amount of drunken drivers compared with other Florida counties. It’s just that these two troopers are good.

“Those guys have quite the initiative to do DUI enforcement,” Gaskins said. “As a result, the numbers are high.”

Statistics for people convicted of DUI in Pasco have remained relatively the same in recent years — 1,057 in 2007; 1,033 in 2008 and 1,042 in 2009. Numbers for 2010 were not available.

Hillsborough County has the highest number of DUI convictions in the state, with 4,038 in 2009, according to FHP statistics. Its numbers have declined slightly in recent years. Pinellas had a sharp decrease of 17 percent in 2009, with 2,223 convictions. Hernando has been steadily decreasing, going from 567 in 2007 to 486 in 2009.

Source: Tampa Bay

Tampa Buccaneers Executive Arrested on DUI charge

Shelton Shelton Quarles, the Bucs’ pro scouting coordinator and a former Pro Bowl linebacker with the team, was arrested on a DUI charge early Friday.

Police arrested Quarles, 39, about 2:30 a.m. on Interstate 275 near Himes Avenue. Police saw a black Audi with the headlights off going 79 mph in a 55 mph zone. When they pulled Quarles over, police said, he “had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and bloodshot eyes.”

Source: TampaBay.com

Dentist hits pedestrian reaching 89 mph speed

AMPA — Seconds before crashing into pedestrians on the Harbour Island Bridge last fall, killing two, a Riverview dentist hit a top speed of 89 mph, prosecutors learned.

Matthew Moye’s blood alcohol level — 0.13 percent — exceeded the level at which the state presumes impairment, records show.

“I’m the designated driver tonight,” he said at the scene, according to a police dashboard camera. “I was driving those two girls around after having a party. I haven’t had anything to drink.”

Those were among the details included in documents, video and audio files released Monday by the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office in the case against Moye, 35.

Source: TampaBay.com

Ice Cream Driver Charged With DUI

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office repprted that 49-year old Ronald Clifford Purdy was pulled over Monday afternoon after someone called 911 to report his driving.
Deputies say Purdy staggered out of the ice cream truck in New Port Richey and gave his birthday when he was asked for his address. The deputies also reported finding two open bottles of whiskey.
A report lists Purdy’s blood alcohol content at 0.227 percent, nearly three times the legal limit for drivers.
Purdy has been charged with DUI and was released on his own recognizance.

Source: Washington Post

Man gets 21 years for deadly DUI

This is a very sad story. A 39 year old man Randy Archiquette caused a total of five crashes within 30 minutes on April 14, 2009.

At 3:59 p.m., police say, Archiquette crashed into Williams, pushing her northbound 1994 Chevrolet sedan into a telephone pole. He continued north, blowing through the intersection with Hillsborough Avenue, colliding head-on with McFarland, who was southbound on Florida, just blocks from home.

Both were pronounced dead at area hospitals, leaving family members reeling over their sudden deaths.

Now Randy at 41 will server 21 years in prison and 24 years of probation for killing McFarland and 69-year-old Betty Williams in a 2009 drunken driving incident, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Thomas Barber decided Friday.