Tampa Man Charged With DUI After Hitting Deputy's Car

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 marijuana investigation.

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 Campbell Causeway.

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 DUI.

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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