A deputy happened to be nearby when a driver in a 2000 Ford Focus lost control of his car in Tamarac and struck a Mitsubishi that had been stopped at a traffic light in rush hour last Thursday, according to an arrest affidavit from the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
The driver, later identified as Daniel Nelson, 28, Wilton Manors, then reportedly fled the scene of the accident.
The deputy continued to follow Nelson, but decided to deactivated his lights and siren, because he felt a pursuit would have unsafe considering Nelson's reckless driving and the number of motorists on the road during rush hour, according to the affidavit.
Nelson then tried an evasive maneuver: He drove his car into a car wash, the arrest report stated.
Guess he forgot the truth always comes out in the wash.
When the deputy pulled into the car wash plaza and conducted a traffic stop, Nelson reportedly asked the deputy why he was stopped.
When the deputy explained to him that he had fled the scene of an accident, Nelson responded in the presence of other law enforcement officers who had arrived, "I didn't run away from them, I ran away from you," as he pointed towards the deputy with his face, the report stated.
The deputy also noticed a few other things: The smell of booze on him as he stumbled over his footsteps as he tried to lean against his car, a defaced handicap placard inside the car that was not assigned to him and an open Gilby's gin bottle on the car's floorboard, according to the affidavit.
His BAL was reportedly registered at .072 and .079, which is blow the .08 legal limit; the urine test results are still pending.
Nelson allegedly 'fessed up to taking a Xanaz hours before the accident and a prescribed med, Adderalle.
Nelson is facing charges of Eluding Law Enforcement Officers, DUI or Drugs, first offense, Possession of Open Container in a vehicle, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Damage to Property and Injury.More FloriDUH