Someone who should certainly know better, a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy, got into a drunk driving accident that ended with him getting arrested. On the night of July 11, Timothy Michael Craig, was arrested on a DUI charge, according to the Orlando Sentinel. He was heading along Buena Vista Drive near Broadway, and hit a stop sign. After hitting the sign, he ended up swerving into a pedestrian bridge. Luckily, no one was hurt, despite the potential for both foot and vehicular traffic in the area. Craig, however, was taken to the hospital for alcohol related treatment. He was allegedly regularly falling out of consciousness while in the hospital, and vomited several times. What made this incident even worse was that Craig’s son was in the care with him, but was luckily not hurt.
When the Florida Highway Patrol arrived on the scene, they attempted to administer a field sobriety test, but Craig refused. He also could not seem to answer their questions, since he claimed that couldn’t remember what happened. Despite not administering the field test, they observed that he was slurring his speech and his eyes were blurry. When searching his vehicle, they came across two bottles of Fireball Whiskey, open in the truck.
Upon his release from the hospital, the police closed in to make the arrest. When he noticed the cruisers outside waiting for him, he attempted to evade them by walking past, but they easily stopped him and placed him under arrest. He complied at that point, however, he claimed he didn’t understand his Miranda rights. The trooper who filed the report said, “this is surprising considering the defendant’s occupation.” Eventually, Craig acknowledged that he understood, and he was placed in lockup at Orange County Jail. He was bonded out later on.
Craig, who has been with the sheriff’s department since 1997, was also cited for dangerous driving and having an open container in the vehicle. He has not appeared in court as of this writing. He is currently under suspension without pay, and there will be an administrative review, as well, according to Fox 13.
This accident certainly could have been worse. According to a report by the CDC, approximately 28 people die in drunk driving accidents every day in the United States. That’s equal to 1 death every 18 minutes. 10,265 people died during 2015 alone, which accounted for 16% of all traffic related deaths. Quite simply, alcohol and driving do not mix. Many deaths could be prevented if everyone minded that simple fact.
If you’re in Orlando, and you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a drunk driving accident, then it’s important to contact an attorney who specializes in these cases. The laws surrounding drunk driving can be complicated, and navigating the court system can be difficult as well. An attorney can not only help file your claim but also investigate the incident to make sure that you have all the facts.

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