TAMPA, Fla. – A Tampa man was arrested and charged with driving under
the influence after he rear-ended a deputy’s vehicle as HCSO deputies
were conducting a
Deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the HCSO
aviation unit discovered marijuana growing in mangroves near the Courtney
Campbell Causeway boat ramp, WFLA reported.
At about 8:00 p.m. on Oct. 11, 2015, undercover HCSO deputies were confiscating
dozens of marijuana plants from an area north of the boat ramp when Y.
Martinez approached the deputies, driving a 2007 Chevy Tahoe.
As Martinez neared the deputies in the SUV, he struck the rear of an occupied
deputy’s vehicle at the boat ramp parking lot at 8601 West Courtney
The investigators said that Martinez was displaying signs of being under
the influence of alcohol. So, DUI deputies were called to the boat ramp
to give Martinez a blood alcohol test. According to an HCSO spokesperson,
Martinez’s BAC registered .143/.144 percent. The legal limit in
Florida is .08 percent.
Y. Martinez was arrested and charged with
The investigation yielded 77 pounds of marijuana plants, which had a street
value of around $114,500.
DUI Involving Property Damage or Personal Injury
While we don’t know the details of Martinez’s arrest and his
criminal history, he will likely be charged under Section 316.193(3) of
the Florida Statutes, DUI accidents involving property damage or personal injury.
Under this Section, if someone causes property damage or personal injury
to another person while driving under the influence, he or she will be
found guilty of a first degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by:
- A fine not to exceed $1,000
- Up to one year in jail
If a DUI defendant causes serious bodily injuries while driving under the
influence, then he or she is guilty of a third degree felony, punishable
by not more than a $5,000 fine and/or up to 5 years in prison under Sect.
316.193(2)(3) of the Florida Statutes.
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