43 year old Chadwick Dean Vogt from Volusia County has been convicted of DUI manslaughter and handed a 15 year prison sentence, according to Orlando Sentinel.
The sentence was handed down by Circuit Court Judge Leah Case, which according to DUI attorneys is the maximum allowed under Florida’s DUI law. Vogt’s sentence stems from a fatal DUI crash that killed 59 year old Ernest Alan Smith. He was found guilty of second degree felony following a jury trial in April this year.
There should be special laws for people like Vogt
According to court documents, Vogt was driving a Ford Bronco on Ludlow Boulevard when he collided with Smith who was on a motorcycle, northbound on Tomoka Farms Road on April 21st, 2012. Smith, who worked as a security guard at a local hospital was heading to work when the accident took place. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the impact of the crash resulted in Smith being thrown from his bike, following which he died instantly at the scene of the accident. Following investigations, the FHP also determined that Vogt violated the motorcyclist’s right of way.
Vogt has a criminal history
Blood tests taken after the crash revealed that Vogt’s blood alcohol content was 0.26, which according to DUI attorneys is over three times the legal limit of .08 in Florida. The officer who was the first to rush to the scene of the crash found an open can of beer in Vogt’s car. Vogt also admitted to having two cans of beer at a friend’s house before the accident, and was drinking from the can found in his possession.
Victim was a military veteran
According to Assistant State Attorney Spencer S. Hathaway, has a criminal record. He was previously convicted for DUI, reckless driving, and soliciting prostitution. Smith has at one point served in the US Air Force.
Scantily clad drunk drivers – a new fashion trend?
Drunk drivers are undoubtedly a menace to society but they can also do weird things. For instance, the can be caught behind the wheel in just bras and panties! According to Miami New Times, 23 year old Lydia Grace Kelm got into her car and headed off to a McDonald’s outlet in Leesburg clad only in a bra and panties.
Police were called in when she reversed at the drive-thru instead of moving forward. Kelm failed a sobriety test and was charged with DUI. Tests revealed a BAC of three times the legal limit, which was one reason why she forgot to get dressed, one may suppose.
A few months ago, 18 year old Niomie Ruffolo followed in Kelm’s footsteps and was pulled over in Fort Pierce for driving a Volkswagen without headlights. When a deputy discovered she was wearing a bra and panties, she said it was really, really hot. She also claimed that her headlight didn’t work because it was a German car and that she just couldn’t find a dealership. Incidentally, the officer happened to know of a VW dealership in town. While Ruffolo failed a field sobriety test and was booked for DUI, a breath test taken later revealed no trace of alcohol in her system.
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Hire an experienced DUI attorney
While there is an amusing side to Ruffolo’s story, there is also the fact that she was booked for DUI even though a test later proved no trace of alcohol in her system. If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI it the Treasure Coast area, it would be prudent to seek legal counsel from a reputed Fort Pierce DUI attorney.
First time DUI offenders can face a maximum sentence of six months in prison, probation up to a year, and fines of up to $1,000. This is in addition to suspension of the offender’s driver’s license for at least six months. A Fort Pierce DUI attorney will use all his skills and resources to ensure that your rights are protected and you receive a fair trial if the case does go to court.