A Riviera Beach firefighter had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he ran a red light and crashed his pickup into another car, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records show.
The 27-year old turned himself into the sheriff’s office, said his private attorney. He faces charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, driving while under the influence and causing property damage and reckless driving.
The 27-year old, who sustained minor injuries in the crash, resigned his position with Riviera Beach Fire Rescue. He was a probationary employee, a city spokeswoman said.
Records indicate that the 27-year old driver eyes were glassy and bloodshot after the wreck, and tests measured his blood-alcohol level at .162, more than twice the .08 legal threshold for impairment, records show.
He told investigators he had one beer before he got behind the wheel of the pickup and headed south on Military Trail. Records do not indicate when he reportedly drank the beer.
His truck slammed into the passenger side of the car, which was heading west on Belvedere, according to sheriff’s records. The car spun, hit a pole at a crosswalk and stopped in the bushes outside a BP gas station on the intersection’s southwest corner.
Police are still investigating the incident.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident involving two vehicles. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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