The Miami Herald reports that a driver being held in the Broward County, Florida jail for a fatal DUI accident was also wanted in Maryland for violating probation related to drunk driving charges in that state. Robert Jones, 31, is being held on nine charges including two counts of DUI manslaughter for a car and motorcycle accident that occurred in Miramar, Florida early last week.
According to the report, Jones was taking his step-daughter to school when his car struck a 43-year-old motorcyclist from Davie, Florida. The motorcycle operator was dragged down Pembroke Road for 180 feet before Jones’ vehicle stopped. Jones and the child fled the accident scene but police arrested him a few blocks away. The Herald reported that Jones’ blood-alcohol level tested at 0.236 — nearly 3 times the legal limit of .08 in Florida.
Bereaved families may contact a Broward County accident lawyer in cases where a driver operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol causes a traffic accident that results in death or personal injury to others.
The news report went on to state that Maryland court records revealed that Jones had served time in that state for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury in 2006. An arrest warrant had been issued after he failed to appear in court and violated his probation. According to The Herald, Jones came to Florida 4 months after the warrant was issued and applied for a Florida-only driver’s license (which is granted to snowbirds and others who maintain a primary driver’s license in another state). Jones was approved for a Florida-only license when he showed a valid Delaware driver’s license.
Repeat DUI offenders are a hazard on the roads and highways of Florida and every other state. Nationally in 2007, nearly 13,000 people lost their lives due to alcohol-impaired driving (NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts 2007 Data, “Alcohol Impaired Driving”).
Miramar DUI suspect is wanted in Maryland
MiamiHerald.com Sept. 11, 2009
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