Following a vehicle accident in May that wounded a man, a Broward Sheriff’s Office officer was detained on suspicion of DUI and careless driving, according to the authorities.
According to BSO officials, Deputy Carlos Hernandez was detained on Tuesday on suspicion of DUI with serious bodily injury to another, DUI with damage to another’s property or person, reckless driving with serious bodily injury to another, and reckless driving with damage to both another’s person or property.
On May 15, at about 5:45 a.m., a collision occurred in Pembroke Pines in the 13600 block of Pines Boulevard.
Hernandez, 36, was allegedly driving his unmarked 2015 Ford Taurus while off-duty when he crashed into the rear of a 2018 KIA Sportage.
According to authorities, the Sportage was struck, causing it to veer off the road, strike a tree, and roll onto its roof.
The driver, whose identity was not made public, was brought to a hospital for treatment.
Hernandez was traveling on a route where the official speed limit is 45 mph at a speed of roughly 77 mph five seconds before the collision and 71 mph at the moment of contact, according to the findings of the investigation.
Several hours after the collision, the responding detectives smelled alcohol on Hernandez’s breath, according to the authorities. Hernandez’s voice was sluggish and slurred when the detectives listened to the dispatch records, according to the authorities.
Hernandez “displayed a deliberate or wanton disregard for the safety and/or property of others” while operating the car, investigators found, the BSO stated in a statement on Wednesday.
Hernandez, who has worked for the department since September 2017, has been placed on indefinite leave without pay while his case is being resolved.
“Driving while intoxicated or recklessly endangers life is never acceptable. Such activities have damaged too many lives and too many families “Gregory Tony, the sheriff of Broward, said in a statement. We’ll see to it that anybody who violates the law, even our own workers, is held accountable for their actions.