A Miami-Dade police officer has been suspended from duty for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI) and leaving the scene of an accident. The officer, who has been on the police force for seven years, was also cited for running a red light.
The 30-year-old officer was off duty when the accident occurred on Aug. 11. However, he was driving a marked police cruiser. According to police, the officer, who was driving northbound on SW 127 Avenue, ran a flashing red light at the intersection of Miller Drive. He hit a Mazda that was traveling eastbound on Miller. They said the collision was so violent that debris from both cars damaged another car traveling westbound on Miller.
According to the affidavit for the officer's arrest, he left the scene of the accident and drove home. Approximately an hour later, according to the affidavit, he called a police co-worker and informed him of his role in the accident. His colleague arranged to meet him at a parking lot nearby to look at his car. Police officers eventually met him there, and gave him a field sobriety test. According to the affidavit, the officer showed signs of being intoxicated and smelled like alcohol. He was placed under arrest for DUI and fleeing the scene of the accident.
This is not the first time that this officer has been involved in an accident with a police vehicle. According to police records, he has crashed police cars six times in six of the seven years he has been on the force -- causing thousands of dollars in damage. A review board determined that four of those accidents were preventable, and the officer was put in a driver improvement program. He has been suspended with pay while the accident is investigated.
As the driver of the car that was struck by the officer noted, the police are supposed to protect citizens -- not injure them and run away. This goes to show that auto accidents can occur under the least likely of circumstances. Anyone who has been injured in an accident should consult with an attorney to help ensure that the person at fault is held accountable for injuries, damages, and expenses, as well as pain and suffering caused by the accident.
Source: CBS Miami, "Miami-Dade Officer Suspended For Alleged Drunk Driving Accident" No author given, Aug. 16, 2013