Gainesville, FL (April 16, 2019) – Police reported that a man identified as 50-year-old Tony Johnson was arrested for DUI after he struck a patrol car while drunk and fled the scene. Police also confirmed that there were children in his vehicle at the time.
Alachua County Sheriff’s patrol deputies charged Johnson with three counts of DUI, fleeing the scene of a DUI accident resulting in damage, driving without a registered license plate, and driving without a license following the incident.
At the time, police say that Johnson was approaching a red light at the intersection of SW 75th Street and SW 8th Avenue when he suddenly crashed into the back of a patrol car that had been stopped at the time. He then reversed and made a U-turn, according to the report. The deputy turned on his siren and followed him.
Johnson then pulled his truck into the Sparrow Condominiums parking lot where two officers were able to confront him. The officers noticed that Johnson had glassy and bloodshot eyes and a strong smell of alcohol on his breath. He performed several sobriety tests and failed all of them.
Police confirmed that there were also three children in Johnson’s truck who were between the ages of 3 and 5. They immediately arrested Johnson and took him to the Alachua County Jail.
Gainesville DUI Laws
If you have been charged with a DUI in Florida, you could receive long-lasting, negative effects as a result. There could be serious consequences that could have an impact on every part of your life such as fines, losing your license, and even jail time depending on the circumstances of the crime. Losing your license could make it difficult to maintain employment, especially when a driver’s license is needed. These charges can be extremely burdening on your life. This is why it is imperative to seek legal counsel from an experienced DUI crime attorney to find out what options are available to you.
At Musca Law, our compassionate attorneys understand the many laws that apply to DUI cases as well as other traffic offenses in Florida, and just how serious these charges can be and the impact they might leave on your life. Luckily, we have handled a wide variety of DUI cases and even had some cases dismissed based on lack of evidence and many other aspects. Make the decision today to seek legal counsel who will have your back and help you build a defense to protect your rights. Please contact us for more information at (800) 687-2252.
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