Authorities said they arrested a police officer, Ashley Susan Hunter, on Tuesday on DUI charges in southwest Miami-Dade although she refused to provide a blood sample or conduct a field sobriety test.
According to her arrest report, the 30-year-old police officer was arrested Tuesday in the area of Southwest 224th Street and Old Cutler Road.
Hunter is accused of driving under the influence after being involved in a crash in southwest Miami-Dade on Tuesday.
Miami-Dade police said officers were dispatched to the scene to assist another officer in reference to a possibly impaired person.
Officials said they noticed that Hunter had red, bloodshot eyes and was slurring her speech.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel also responded to the scene and Hunter requested to be taken to a hospital, authorities said.
Before she was transported to Jackson South Medical Center, Hunter was asked to conduct a field sobriety test but she refused to do so, authorities said.
According to her arrest report, she nearly fell down while trying to sit in a police vehicle, but an officer caught her before she hit the ground.
Police said Hunter still had bloodshot, watery eyes while at the hospital and she refused to provide a blood sample.
After being treated at the hospital, she was taken to the police station and asked to consent to a Breathalyzer test, which she also refused, her arrest report stated.
Despite refusing to consent to the tests, Hunter was taken into custody on charges of DUI and DUI resulting in property damage.
Her arrest report did not state which police department Hunter is currently employed by.
The crash remains under investigation.
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Comment from Anidjar and Levine:
Marc Anidjar, from the Law Firm of Anidjar and Levine, comments on this crash. “A police officer was arrested after she was involved in a crash that occurred in the area of Southwest 224th Street and Old Cutler Road. Law enforcement officials are expected to uphold the law but Officer Hunter failed to do so and someone has been hurt in this crash. Injuries and deaths sustained in a bicycle or vehicle accident can affect the lives of all parties involved and their families who feel the effects even when they are not directly involved. The pain and suffering that comes with these incidents can become a major burden on day-to-day life.”
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