A Largo man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after colliding into a police cruiser early Wednesday morning.
According to arrest reports, the 37-year-old man crashed into the police cruiser around 1 a.m.
The officer behind the wheel of the cruiser was taken to Largo Medical Center for evaluation. He supposedly did not suffer any severe injuries.
The man arrested allegedly had red eyes and breath that smelled of alcohol, according to police. He refused to submit to field sobriety tests or a breath sample.
Police said that a white powder found in his pocket tested positive for cocaine. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Arrest reports indicated that the man was arrested on Jan. 22 for a DUI charge where he also refused to submit to testing. As a result, his license was suspended and he is now charged with driving with a suspended license.
Court records show that the man was convicted of DUI in February 2006 where he received one year of probation.
The man was released on $6,750 bail from the Pinellas County Jail on Wednesday afternoon, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
The difference between a misdemeanor and felony DUI is based on numerous factors. First, if the DUI is a driver’s third DUI within 10 years or their fourth or successive DUI, the State can file a Felony DUI charge. Second, a Felony DUI can be charged if the injuries caused by the DUI resulted in a severe bodily injury or death, which is also known as DUI Manslaughter.
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