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Bartender’s Car Struck by Patron He Served in Pinellas


March 11, 2020

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL- Tampabay.com writes that a driver from Massachusetts is now facing charges after striking a car while driving drunk in Treasure Island. The car that the driver collided with belonged to the bartender who had served the suspect only about a half an hour prior to the crash.*

The suspect, identified as a 67-year-old man, was found at the site of the collision in the late afternoon this week. Police stated that the driver told them that he tried to drive towards the beach boardwalk, where cars are not permitted. While heading towards the restricted area, he collided with another car. 

The man whose car was struck stated that he had only just served two alcoholic beverages to the suspect before the man struck his car. Reports indicate that the man was unsteady and smelled of alcohol when officers arrived on the scene. Officers administered sobriety field exams, which the man performed poorly on. Police then arrested the driver and charged him for DUI and DUI with property damage. 

Drunk driving rates have declined over the years, but still, these motorists cause many collisions every year and kill more than 10,000 people annually. In Florida, as in most states, the legal limit for a person’s blood alcohol content is .08 percent per volume. In Utah, the law has been altered to become stricter, and motorists in that state face a legal limit of .05 percent alcohol per volume. Some safety experts recommend that the limit be changed to match Utah’s limit. Studies indicate that people’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle is impaired even below .08 percent alcohol per volume. 

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Sources:https://www.tampabay.com/news/crime/2020/03/05/a-pinellas-bartender-served-a-man-drinks-then-the-guy-hit-his-parked-car-police-say/ and https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving and https://www.npr.org/2018/12/26/679833767/utah-first-in-the-nation-to-lower-its-dui-limit-to-05-percent


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