- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—A motorist suspected of drunken driving after drinking four pitchers of beer ran away from a crash site in Pembroke Pines and was found dozing off nearby, police said.

Luis Maiquez, 40, of Miramar, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident and multiple DUI-related offenses, including third DUI offense within 10 years.

According to a police report, Maiquez crashed into a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu at Taft Street and University Drive about 2:30 a.m. on May 6. Maiquez darted out of his 2000 Jeep Cherokee, jumped over a gate and was later found by police bloodied and snoozing on the grass off Johnson Street and University Drive, authorities said.

He was treated at the hospital for his injuries and told an emergency room nurse that he had consumed four pitchers of beer at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the police report said.

He told police he drove drunk because, “I had nobody else to drive me.”

Investigators got results for the toxicology test on Saturday. It revealed he had a 0.25 blood alcohol level — more than three times the legal limit permitted for driving.

Aminali Kazi, 44, the other driver in the crash, confirmed Maiquez’s identity to police. Kazi was treated for his injuries at Memorial Hospital Pembroke.

Maiquez, a bouncer for Club Cheetah in Hallandale Beach, surrendered to authorities on Monday, his attorney Amal Masri said at her client’s first court appearance on Tuesday. He was currently being held on a $13,500 bond.

She said the probable cause used to arrest Maiquez was based on “hearsay from a nurse.”

“The officer was unable to place him behind the wheel of the car at the accident,” Masri said. “He was found some time later.”

Assistant State Attorney Eric Linder countered. He said Kazi identified Maiquez as the driver and Maiquez himself told investigators he got behind the wheel because he couldn’t get a ride from anyone else.

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