Drunk Driver Accidents
An international manhunt that has lasted over a year reached its conclusion this past Tuesday with the apprehension of the man involved in a fatal high-speed auto accident on June 24, 2017 in Highlands County, Florida.
Early in the morning of Friday, August 10th, a 24-year-old from Orlando was driving their 2016 Honda through a construction zone located along State Road 528 in Orange County. At the same time, a 55-year-old lieutenant in the Florida Highway Patrol, was at work in the construction zone, ensuring that the the construction workers were safe from passing cars.
It was very early in the morning on Sunday, July 15th, that a 36-year-old woman began drinking bloody marys at a bar in downtown Orlando called Tanqueray’s. The tradition of drinking bloody marys at breakfast, while not an unusual practice, is also one whose responsibility is somewhat questionable given the fact that many people still need to climb into their cars after the consumption of the drink.
Police working within the city of Edgewood were first notified about the dangerous driver at close to 11:30 in the evening of Friday, July 13th. Reports began coming into the station telling the Edgewood Police Department that a person driving a pickup truck was seen driving into a row of bushes as well as traveling in the opposite direction of traffic down a busy road. When officers arrived and located the truck in question, they found that the person driving it was doing so in an erratic and dangerous way, so a traffic stop was initiated.
A 22-year-old traveling through Orlando is facing charges of DUI manslaughter after an incident that took place on Saturday, May 26th, along Universal Boulevard and Destination Parkway. According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, the 22-year-old in question was driving down the road when they approached the above-mentioned intersection. At the time of their approach, the light for their lan was red and the traffic before them had stopped in accordance with the law.
A recent report commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from a group of renowned scientists with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has proposed a drastic lowering of the legal threshold for drunk driving. The authors of the report indicate their strong belief that this, as well as several other measures, would dramatically decrease the number of road deaths that happen as a direct result of intoxicated drivers.
A disturbing incident took place this past Thursday that ended in the arrest of an intoxicated 53-year old Ocoee man after he collided with a police vehicle. Officers with the Orlando Police Department issued a statement regarding the situation that indicates that the man, Dolan, has a surprisingly well-documented history of impersonating police officers. This particular circumstance began when an actual police officer with the Orlando Police Department, who was traveling down North John Young Parkway, noticed a black Dodge Charger facing south and pulled over on the north side of the road. The Charger, a commonly used police vehicle, had red and blue flashing lights and the passing officer, believing the driver of the Charger to be another officer, pulled over in order to offer assistance.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a 28-year-old Orlando woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated after she crashed her vehicle into four other cars near Tampa, Florida. When the police arrived at the accident scene, they not only found the woman acting ‘erratically and disturbed’ outside her car, they also found her two-year-old child wandering around alone on busy Interstate 4. To make matters worse, she kicked an officer while be placed in handcuffs.
A few weeks ago, we reported in an incident that took place along State Road 408, close to Andes Avenue in Orlando. In our initial piece, we recounted how an off-duty police officer with the Orlando Police Department had crashed his pickup truck into a toll booth. The force of the crash caused the truck to light on fire, although it was reported that the damage to the toll plaza itself was minimal and that the entire roadway was able to be opened only a short time later.
Last week, a rookie police officer and an officer engaged in on-the-job training were driving in a police cruiser down Kendall Drive, getting close to the intersection of Kendall and Southwest 152nd Avenue, when their car was violently rear-ended by an SUV that had unexpectedly come up from behind them. It was close to 2:30 on Thursday morning and the officers were engaged in standard training procedures, with the field training officer accompanying the young officer on one of his first patrols.