The swimming skills of a Marathon man proved insufficient for him to avoid discovery and capture by law enforcement personnel, and he was subsequently charged with driving while under the influence (DUI) and other offenses. He and others facing similar charges will need the help of a Broward County DUI defense attorney in order to avoid the potentially serious consequences of being convicted. This type of assistance is available from the Fort Lauderdale criminal law firm of Hassett & Associates.
The case involving the 31-year-old suspect from Marathon began early on a recent Sunday morning when he was observed racing his pickup truck out of the parking lot of a local bar. A pursuit ensued after he was seen by a patrol deputy to strike the center median on U.S. Route 1, with the suspect’s vehicle reaching speeds of more than 100 mph and occasionally swerving between lanes during the chase. The suspect apparently lost control after his truck ran over spikes placed on the road by deputies, resulting in a second accident.
Refusing to give up, the motorist jumped from a seawall into the ocean and swam away. A citizen’s tip led to his discovery in the water under the Toms Harbor Channel Bridge, where he was finally captured. Searching his vehicle, law enforcement officers found four bottles of whiskey, three of which were empty. The suspect was himself found to have a blood alcohol level that was nearly three times the legal limit when driving in Florida. In addition to DUI, the charges facing him include hit-and-run and fleeing from arrest.
Under Florida law, motorists who are suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol are required to take breath analyzer tests. Those who refuse this test will immediately lose their driver’s licenses. Additionally, an administrative hearing will be required to restore their driving privileges. A first-time DUI conviction can result in up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. The penalties become progressively more severe with subsequent convictions, including the requirement of an ignition interlock system on the personal vehicles of those convicted.
Most DUI cases are not as obvious as the one involving the Marathon motorist, which means that the penalties and even the original charges can often be challenged. However, it will take intervention by a Broward County DUI defense attorney to ensure the fair and proper treatment of each defendant. This is why those charged with DUI or other offenses should consider contacting the law firm of Kenneth Hassett at 954-791-3939.