Driver Charged with DUI after Fleeing Scene of Crash with Police

A Tavares motorist was arrested on DUI and other charges late Monday after he allegedly crashed into a Mount Dora police car and fled the scene.

The 61-year-old was also charged with failure to remain at a crash and driving with a suspended license. The man remained in the Lake County jail Tuesday in lieu of $20,000 bail.

4611043522_d6418c6904_zA Mount Dora city spokeswoman said the officer involved in the accident is not harmed and that the collision left about $5,000 in damages to his vehicle, mostly to the left rear.

The crash occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 441 and Limit Avenue in Mount Dora about 9 p.m. Monday.

According to the report, the man was driving a 1999 light gray Chrysler minivan when he turned left into the path of the marked police car. The man then fled the scene.

Tavares police tracked the man’s van down on U.S. 411 near Hill Top Road. He was allegedly asked to perform a number of sobriety tests after officials claim he smelled of alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot and glassy and he staggered when he walked.

He was arrested and transported to Lake County jail.

Leaving the scene of an accident when you are driving under the influence can be a very bad decision that only results in worse consequences. If you are involved in an accident, regardless of your sobriety, the law states that you must stop, offer aid to those in need, and provide your name, address, driver’s license information and vehicle registration. However, it is a human defense mechanism to flee after a harmful incident, and many times drivers are completely unaware that they have caused property damage or hurt anyone.

Courts and law enforcement officers tend to throw the book at drunk drivers who flee the scene of an accident. Offenders can face hefty consequences, including substantial fines, lengthy time behind bars and driver’s license revocation. When a person is charged with leaving the scene of a crime along with DUI charges, it is very  important that they receive legal help immediately. A Florida DUI Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you no matter what the details of your case are. Call our firm for a free case evaluation today at 352-793-9330 or contact us online.


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