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Lake Wales Resident Charged with DUI After Crashing into Barbed Wire Fence

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on February 2, 2021

An employee with the Polk County Public Schools is currently facing charges after they were involved in an auto accident while driving a pickup truck on Sunday, January 31st. Current reports on the incident suggest that it took place close to 4:00 in the afternoon on the day in question. At this time, a 45-year-old Lake Wales resident was behind the wheel of a black Chevy Silverado truck and traveling down Lake Mabel Loop Road. The reports did not incite where this person was coming from, but based on the following events it is believed that they had consumed a fair amount of alcohol while at this location.

While driving down Lake Mabel Loop Road, something happened to cause the 45-year-old motorist to lose control of their vehicle. As a result, the truck departed from the roadway and crashed into a fence composed of posts and barbed wire that stood some distance from the pavement. No other vehicles were involved in the incident, a fact which likely prevented this incident from becoming injurious or worse.

Reports currently do not indicate who notified the authorities about the accident, but we do know that shortly after the crash, deputies with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene. With them, EMTs and paramedics also rushed to the area in order to ascertain whether or not anyone involved in the crash was injured, and, if so, whether or not they would require hospitalization. When they reached the vehicle, they found that the 45-year-old driver – who was alone in the car – was the only person involved in the accident and that they were not injured as a result of the crash. The first responders also noticed that the driver of the car smelled strongly of alcohol. After this person failed the field sobriety test, deputies placed them under arrest and brought them to the Polk County Jail. Tests taken indicated that the 45-year-old’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was between .183 and .178, more than twice the legal limit of .08.

While no one was reportedly injured as a result of the crash, the driver of the Chevrolet is facing numerous charges including driving under the influence and damage to private property.


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