Clearwater, FL- The drunken driver, accused of slamming into a car driven by actor and WWE champion Dwayne Johnson’s mother, has been charged with DUI as more details about last week’s crash are beginning to emerge.
The accident, which occurred in Central Florida, flew under the radar, until Johnson tweeted about it over the weekend, and accompanied the tweet with a photo of his mother’s seriously damaged Escalade, a Christmas present from her son. As it turns out, the Escalade and the negligent driver’s vehicle were both totaled.
Johnson, who stars in “Hercules” wrote in a post accompanying the photo, “My mom & cousin…were struck head on by a drunk driver this week – they lived,” adding, “First reaction is to find the person who did this and do unrelenting harm to them.”
The Rock however softened and then waxed poetically, telling his fans to “Hug your own family tighter today and be grateful you can tell them you love them.”
Ata Maivia-Johnson, Dwayne’s mother, and his cousin, Lina Fanene, were both injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment. The extent of their injuries are not known though Fanene, a WWE star, was in the hospital for three days, according to TMZ.
Now the woman, who caused the August 2nd accident, has been charged with DUI. TMZ reported the police have charged the drunken driver, whose identity–strangely enough– has not been released to the public.
According to TMZ, the Lake County Sherriff’s Department said an officer was attempting to stop the unidentified female driver prior to the crash. As the driver was trying to evade police, she ran a red light and then collided head-on into Johnson’s Escalade as she and Lina were returning from charity event.
Police haven’t released many details about this crash but said, according to TMZ, the driver will be charged. It’s probably safe to assume, the driver will be facing more than a simple DUI, and is going to need and aggressive DUI attorney.
Also in Florida, Tampa police arrested a male prostitute for drunken driving after he crashed his car into the side or a retirement home, leaving a gaping hole in the wall. The car stuck the ventilation system for the 13-story retirement home sending smoke billowing into the elderly residents’ room. No one was injured, thankfully.
The driver took off from the scene, wearing women’s underwear, and bra a high heels, the Huffington Post reported, but was later apprehended. The man, who has list of prostitution arrests, was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Police told the Tampa Bay Times, they tried to pull 28 year-old Rico Jones over before the crash because they believed him to be intoxicated.
Jones was booked on charges of DUI with property damage, evading arrest, and leaving the scene of an accident.
Regardless of the circumstances, anyone with a DUI charge needs the advice of a legal expert. A DUI charge shouldn’t be taken lightly and an alleged offender is strongly advised to retain a Florida DUI attorney. It’s a person’s best chance of minimizing the impact of your DUI charge.