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Ex Mississippi LEO Faces DUI Manslaughter Charges in Poinciana Crash

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A former law-enforcement officer from Mississippi is in the Polk County Jail today after allegedly striking five children while driving in a state of intoxication.

Polk County sheriff's deputies say John Luster Camfield was driving drunk when he hit five students of Dundee Ridge Middle Academy in Poinciana. The five children, ranging in age between thirteen and fifteen years, had disembarked from their school bus just moments before the incident.

Of the children involved, at least two were seriously injured. Thirteen-year-old Jahiem Robertson was transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando for treatment, but the injuries proved mortal later that day. Classmate Juan Mena, who is also thirteen years old, was taken to the hospital as well, treated for his injuries over the weekend, and released on Monday.

Camfield's arrest was effected by Polk County sheriff's Deputy Jonathan "J.J." Quintana. Deputy Quintana says he began pursuit of the 48-year-old suspect after receiving a telephone call from his daughter, contacting him after witnessing the incident.

Authorities say Camfield's blood-alcohol content seven hours after the incident measured 0.147%, which was well in excess of Florida's statutory BAC limit of 0.08%. He is being held in lieu of $600,000 bail on four counts of DUI involving property damage or personal injury, one count of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, one count of reckless driving with serious bodily injury, one count of vehicular homicide, one count of DUI and serious bodily injury to another, one count of DUI manslaughter, and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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