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(Suspected) Drunk driver runs red light, slams into Hillsborough deputy

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputy was injured after being hit by a drunk driver in Tampa on Sunday.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, the crash happened just after 6 a.m. at North Dale Mabry Highway and Ehrlich Road. The deputy was on his way to his patrol location and stopped at the intersection.

The deputy was taken to the hospital with an upper-body injury, according to the sheriff’s office. The occupants of the other vehicle were not hurt.

Deputies said the driver who ran the red light, Carlos Gutierrez Aquino, seemed impaired, so they ran a breathalyzer test. The first sample came back at 0.172 and the second was 0.152. Aquino was charged with DUI involving property damage/injuries and driving without a valid license.

There’s a few issues at play here. Is this a serious bodily injury case meaning possible felony charges. Is there a +/-.02 incongruity with the breath test results?



About Jonathan Blecher

Jonathan Blecher
Licensed to practice since 1982, Jonathan Blecher has defended over 5000 DUI and suspended driver license cases. A former Assistant State Attorney under Janet Reno, Jonathan later developed his interest and skills in DUI defense working under DUI legend Richard Essen, a founding member of the National College for DUI Defense. A member of the College himself, Jonathan has lectured on DUI topics at seminars, civic and business groups, as well as at the Miami-Dade County Police academy in courtroom procedure for police cadets. Jonathan is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is authorized to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Fifth and Eleventh United States Courts of Appeal, the U.S. District Court for Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

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